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Leadership is not something that happens instantly.

Who was the first person to recognize you as a leader

Becoming a leader is something which happens slowly, over time, and with effort.

My question of you, is who was the first person to recognize you as a leader?

For me, I was first recognized as a leader by my golf coach in high school, Mr. Behler. Mr. Behler loved the game of golf and fortunately for us as his players, he was also a typing teacher at our high school. He was a great man and made a positive difference in my life and the lives of many of his players.

As a junior in high school, Coach Behler became our golf coach and he knew the history of my performance on our team and in our high school league (our league consisted of five other nearby schools in the foothill area of Northern California). Coach Behler knew that I was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of our league as both a freshman and a sophomore. To be MVP at such as young age–twice–was rare and displayed my talent better than anything else.

However, what Coach Behler did not find out until he was our coach was how I was respected and liked by both my own teammates and other players in our league. Often he heard from other players on other teams about how they expected me to be cocky, aloof, and snobby; but when they did meet me they were surprised to meet a down-to-earth guy who was professional and courteous.

With that, Coach Behler gave me the name “Cap” which was short for “captain.” Often coach would ask, “Where do we want to go to eat, Cap?” referencing what my thoughts were about going to eat at a particular restaurant. Or he would say, “Kaiser is playing good, do you have any tips for his swing, Cap?” asking for my input to help a fellow player.

Like most things in life, I did not realize that Coach Behler was recognizing me as a leader and giving me that influence until I had graduated high school and moved on to college. However, I still deeply appreciate the positive influence and belief he had in me as a player and a leader.

For you, the Learning Leadership Blog reader, I encourage you to take some time to think about who the first person was who recognized you as a leader and work through the following questions:

  • Who was the first person to recognize me as a leader?
  • Why did he/she recognize me as a leader?
  • Did I take advantage of that opportunity to be appointed as a leader?
  • What could I have done different to do more as a leader when given the opportunity?
  • What did I learn from that person who recognized me as a leader?

Today’s post is part 2 of 4 blog posts from the book of Philemon about how a leader extends his or her influence for the benefit of his or her follower.

A Leader Extends His Influence for the Benefit of His Follower

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This is the motivation for Paul setting up his letter to Philemon in a way that it is almost impossible for Philemon to say, “No” to Paul’s request.  We see Paul write, Continue Reading…

Over the next four days I will be posting a series entitled, A Leader Extends His Influence for the Benefit of His Follower. These blog posts will be based on the book of Philemon from the Bible.

A Leader Extends His Influence for the Benefit of His Follower

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The book of Philemon was written by the Apostle Paul while he was in prison with Timothy and a runaway slave named Onesimus. Paul is writing to his “brother in Christ,” Philemon, asking Philemon to accept Onesimus, Philemon’s runaway slave. However, Onesimus is no longer the person he once was. Onesimus is now “a brother in Christ” whom Paul has helped become a Christian while in prison.  Continue Reading…

If you've read the Learning Leadership Blog for a while you know that I believe in thinking and reflection.  Both are great activities every leader needs to make a habit.

Interning at Church Assistance Ministry (CAM) allows me to focus on who I’m becoming as a leader.  Even though it is early in the process, I feel that I am becoming a more wholesome leader who is working to refine his gifts to use them to serve others.  One of many things I’ve learned from my field supervisor, Steve Elliott, is that who I will become is based on my ability to think and reflect.

Thinking and reflection are key parts of any leader’s job.  This is not because thinking is super hard work—which it can be at times—but because a leader’s job is to lead.  And one of the ways he leads is by knowing himself, studying situations, and looking to find ways to move the organization forward. 

Thinking and reflection helps me to become more aware of who I am as a leader, Christ follower, boyfriend, and a man.  These practices help me know my strengths and my weaknesses, which allows me to focus in on areas that I can contribute to.  Thinking and reflection have allowed me to create a set of core values that guide who I am and have helped me become a more wholesome leader.

Almost every evening I take some time to think and reflect about my day.  I often ponder on these four questions before I go to bed:

  • What did I learn today from what I read?
  • What did I learn today from who I met with?
  • What did I learn today from what I experienced?
  • What did I learn today from what I listened to?

These are four questions that help me to reflect on the daily lessons I learn to form who I am as a leader.

If you are a leader, it is important to schedule time to think and reflect every day. Find a way to make that happen, and you will reap the benefits for a long time.

Question: How do you think and reflect daily?