“In the same way … clothe yourselves with humility toward one another,
because God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”
(1 Peter 5:5)
If you cannot influence someone, you cannot lead. Thus, leadership is simply about influence. John Maxwell writes: “True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned. It comes only from influence, and that cannot be mandated. It must be earned. The only thing a title can buy is a little time, either to increase your level of influence with others or to undermine it.” (https://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/7-factors-that-influence-influence/)
We cannot make our dogs behave. We must influence them. We must earn their trust. When we have earned that trust, they will respond. Without that element of trust, we cannot train them to do much of anything. It’s the same way with people.
We spent many years in E. Asia teaching about servant leadership. We’ve been amazed at the similarities with training and leading our puppy vs. servant leadership. As noted above they both involve influence and trust. Both of these must be earned, they cannot be mandated.
We are taking the month off from our work with the SOWER ministry. As we reflect on leadership and training our pup, we see that even on a SOWER project the same elements of leadership are found. We only have a short time on a project, usually just three weeks, to earn the trust and respect of those on the team.
Many situations come up in the course of a project. “True leadership always begins with the inner person. … Great character will create potential for a great organization [or team]. But, it all begins with the leader’s heart” (Ibid).
With a servant’s heart, we can show by example how to serve. Rules are necessary guidelines but cannot change the attitudes of the heart. We cannot force a volunteer to work or have the right work ethic. But with humility and grace, we can encourage them to be humble servants. Hopefully, we will remember this on our next project when we are the group leaders! 🤠🤗
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