Are You Ready to be a Leader?

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I had a young man ask me recently, “Do you think I’m ready to be a leader?”

I said:

Great question. Glad you’re asking.. But, honestly, I don’t know that I’m the one to answer.

It might help if I ask you some questions:

Are you ready to stand alone at times?

Are you ready to push through fear?

Are you ready to do the right thing even when it’s the unpopular thing?

Are you ready to be misunderstood sometimes…okay…many times?

Are you ready to sacrifice for your team?

Are you ready to see things others may not yet be able to see?

Are you ready to enter the unknown…first?

Are you ready to keep confidences?

Are you ready to delegate?

Are you ready to see all sides of an issue?

Are you ready to sometimes feel like the weight of a vision is on your shoulders?

Are you ready to face conflict?

Are you ready to have your integrity closely observed by your followers?

Are you ready to receive criticism?

Are you ready to defend your team?

How’d your answers go?

Are you ready to be a leader?

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15 thoughts on “Are You Ready to be a Leader?

  1. This definitely a tough list of questions. I guess it fits in with handling conflict, but the other day I had to ask myself "Am I ready to be the 'bad guy'?" by removing an individual from a bible study who was being a distraction and claiming some crazy things. Maybe it's not a problem for other leaders, but I just hate having to not include someone for the sake of the rest of the group.

  2. Encouraged by this today–criticism comes. When it does I’m so thankful I have a wise mentor and a loving Heavenly Father that can help me make adjustments or stand firm if needed.
    Twitter: CindyTunstall

  3. "Are you ready to delegate?
    Are you ready to receive criticism?
    Are you ready to defend your team?"

    I really like these 3 ones!

    I would add

    "Are you ready to recognize you are wrong and to change your mind without any impact on your leadrship?"