Great leaders are introspective. They know their strengths and their areas in need of improvement. They are not afraid to ask for help, and they know when and who to ask when it is needed. This level of introspection comes with wisdom and experience. It also comes when we surround ourselves with a great team of people.
Great leaders know how to work. Over the past few months, I have been leading meetings for my nonprofit, Leadership LINKS Inc. When I ask our leadership team what they like about being a part of the organization, one of the consistent responses is, “We get stuff done.” Whether you are leading a nonprofit organization, planting a church, ministering to college students, launching a new ministry or planning vacation Bible school, you must get stuff done.
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I’m back for Mentoring Monday!
Over the past 1 ½ years, I have been traveling across the country and the world sharing the kingdom message of mentoring as intentional discipleship. I have been overjoyed to hear the impact that my first book, Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship has made and is making in the daily lives of people—including transformation in the ways they live, love God, love others, and minister in their local context.
Me sharing “Mentor for Life” with students in Rwanda this summer, and providing leadership training to women in Nigeria this fall.
I wrote that book out of my own personal mentoring experiences and from the mentoring ministry that I was leading in my local church. It is my hope and prayer that it continues to convict, encourage, and help people prioritize God’s kingdom mission of making disciples of all nations. Most people do not know that at the same time that I was writing the book, I was also compiling material to prepare leaders to mentor well. The result of this work is the “Mentor for Life Leader’s Training Manual.”
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I am already into my summer reading. Mostly, I’m reading and doing research for my next book. The manuscript is due to the publisher in the fall.
In the meantime, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection and introspection about what it means and what it looks like for me to lead as an African American Christian woman. God is affirming my commitment and confidence in his call to leadership, and he is also inviting me to speak into leadership conversations, as I continue to celebrate other women that are doing this work–women that we all need to know.
In light of a recent Christianity Today conversation, I have shared a syllabus of women authors that will benefit the whole church, both men and women.
You can find my contributions to the conversations and my book recommendations at Missio Alliance.
What are you reading this summer.