In one of my classes my professor asked everyone what kind of leaders we would be. He gave us an assignment to make a speech about the promises we would make as leaders. I thought it was a really interesting assignment. I think we should all take the time to think about what kind of legacy we want to have. I would encourage you to write your own leadership promise. It may help you remain steady and focused on what you are doing on this earth; you can always come back to it when you feel like you have lost your way.
What will you be known for?
We hear all the time of people having their own brand. But I would argue that behind every great brand is an ever greater creator. I cannot make a promise based on who I am, but I can make a promise because of WHOSE I am.
I am a woman of God; called, loved, equipped, redeemed, clothed in strength and dignity, and I am determined to leave a legacy while here on this earth.
Because he calls me chosen, I will never try and be something that I am not. I will realize that God created and gifted me in a unique way to serve my organization. Because I know that I am chosen, just the way that I am, I promise to be confident enough to surround myself with people who are smarter and more talented than I am. I promise to strive to build diverse teams where everyone can play a part. I will understand that everyone is uniquely created, and because of that, I will seek to create an environment where everyone can shine, using their gifts and talents to build up our team as a whole.
Because I am loved, I will value servant leadership. I will seek to lift others up, shifting the spotlight onto them. I believe that when a true leader ‘makes it’ they go back and help the ones that didn’t. That includes the ones that mocked them and the ones that laughed in their face. I want to be that kind of leader. A leader overfilling with love and compassion for each and every person. I promise to love, simply because I know that I am loved.
Because he says I am equipped, I will be bold and courageous. I will never let fear rule my life, but I will embrace the unknown and take risks. I promise to never stop the learning process, but to continuing soaking up all the wisdom that surrounds me. I will challenge myself to learn more, to do more. I will continue to read books and take extra classes broadening my knowledge, not just in business, but also in the arts and sciences. I will work to equip those in my organization, making sure they have everything they need to excel at whatever they are doing.
Because I am redeemed, I will realize my sinfulness and imperfection. I will welcome constructive criticism and feedback because I know about the power of improvement. Because I am redeemed, I will see the best in others and believe in them, just like my heavenly father believes in me. Since I am no longer a slave to my sins, I will not use my humanness as an excuse for mistakes, but I will own up to them, seeking excellence in all that I do because I know who is watching and who I am truly working for. I want to leave a legacy for being understanding and loving, even when people don’t deserve it. I promise to fight FOR the people I am working with.
Because I am clothed in strength and dignity, I will value integrity. I will be diligent in the little things so that my heavenly father can see that I will also be diligent with the big things. I will take care of my body for it is the temple of the Holy Spirit. I will keep my eyes from things that they shouldn’t see, and I will be an example in word and action of a woman warrior fighting for Christ. I will not let my womeness make me feel any less valuable or worthy in the business world, but I will strive for the highest, living everyday as if I was already CEO.
I am human and imperfect. There will be times when I do not live up to these promises. But this is what I am striving for and with the help of a big God I can be the woman he created me to be.
What is your promise? What kind of life are you going to live?