Follow the Leader

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Rhonda Dallas, Contributing Writer

It is a humbling experience to be classified as a leader.  At times I want to be a follower, but God says you are a leader.  I learned at an early age to take this position in life seriously.  Leaders must take on a role of integrity, not only walk the walk, but also talk the talk.

In my role as a leader, I lead in ministry, women’s groups, and organizations.  I am also a leader in my own business, Rhonda Dallas Coaching and Personal Development, where we help people who want to lead, strengthen their brand, skills, and techniques, and raise awareness of their initiative.  In addition, my company provides life coaching services, turning visions and passions into reality.

In John Maxwell’s book titled “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”, he gives us the following points as leaders:

The Law of Influence:

Some leaders do not look like leaders on the outside but are strong on the inside.  Some are short such as Mother Teresa, who we think of as being frail and thin, but she was powerful and made a huge impact on all of our lives, whether directly or indirectly.  He goes on to say that true leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned, but it comes from influence.  Leadership MUST be earned.  As a leader, I have earned my stripes through working in and around the city of Houston and even abroad.

The Law of Addition:

James Sinegal is the co-founder and longtime CEO of Costco, one of the largest retailers in the United States.  He did not come from an Ivy League college or a wealthy family.  He began his career serving, helping others.  A leader must be willing to help others, which attracts others to them.  I lead in ministry by teaching classes and giving my all when I walk into any classroom setting, ready to teach.  What I pour out into teaching attracts others, because they can feel that I put in the work and time necessary to provide them with tools they can apply in their very own lives.

The Law of Empowerment:

Henry Ford was a revolutionary automobile innovator, and he is a legend.  He set out to build the best car for the masses.  But he was smart enough to know he needed the best people to help with the engineering and designs.  A leader is not afraid to know they need help and empowers others to use their best skills to get the job done.  You see, I am not afraid to bring others to my teams who have a better skillset in certain areas.  A leader is responsible for bringing others up as well.

I am a leader who is short in stature, grew up on the South Side of Chicago, did not go to an Ivy League university, and did not come from money.  I am a leader, and I tell everyone if you have been given that position, be proud of it and own it.  But you must also know how to follow and humble yourself.

Rhonda Dallas is a certified life coach.  For more information on leadership coaching, please contact Rhonda at rhondadallascoaching@gmail.com.  Visit her on the web at www.rhondadallas.com.  Get started today!

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