Do you find yourself getting stuck? Do you find yourself pulling away from taking a bigger role?
A lot of the the leaders that I work with really struggle to take on that title of leader. You’re probably doing the work anyway, but as women I think we are cultivated, we are brought up to believe that leadership is only something that is available to the most skilled and to the most influential.
During my own journey I have discovered that leadership is actually part of who we were created to be.
Each one of us has influence in some area in our life, probably more influence than we realize. Time and time again when my clients start talking to the people in their lives, they are blown away by how much they are respected and looked up to, and how much influence they actually have in their community.
For some of us that means running a company, for some that means running a ministry or writing a blog or leading within your church. For others it means being a leader at home and raising children and pouring into our spouses and our extended communities in a way that can only be done from the inside. Each of those roles are leadership roles, and whether you take on the title or not God created you to be a leader. I have come to learn that if we’re unwilling to step into those leadership roles and call ourselves leaders, it means that there are some little unresolved pockets of doubt about our identity.
We have to weed out those doubts because hiding from who God created us to be is never something God is going to tell us to do.
If it’s not from God, then it’s going to push us away from Him.
That fear of not being enough and the subsequent desire to hide from God is born in sin, either our sin or other sins or perhaps the fallout of generational sin that has landed on our shoulders. Sometimes our doubts are the result of toxic cultural expectations, patriarchy, and the pressure that has been unfairly put upon women to stay quiet, stay in the back, and not make any effort to be seen.
Becoming the leader God has created us to be is part of our own personal journey to restoration.
And not just restoration to some political ambition or some culturally accepted role of what it means to be a Christian woman, but restoration to our pre-fall intimacy with God, when we used to walk in the cool of the evening in the garden, side by side. Before sin entered the world we used to sit beside God and name the animals, harvest the fruits, and cultivate our relationship with our Creator.
Moving back towards that level of intimacy happens when we become Jesus-centered leaders.
I encourage each of us to push deeper and deeper into our journey as leaders, because on the other side of this hard work is a level of freedom and a level of connectedness with God that we cannot achieve on our own. Without God sure you can achieve great heights in traditional leadership, but that’s not the same as being a Jesus-centered leader.
That success is hollow and pulls you away from your God-given calling to lead.
I hope that as you get to the end of this post you’re really sitting with this radical new concept that your call to leadership is an anointing.
It’s your anointing to be a child of God and to be called a godly leader.
This is exactly who you were designed to be from the beginning, from the very beginning of time you were created to serve others, and to influence others while you sit at the feet of Jesus.
Angela J Herrington is founder of Broken Beautiful BOLD online women’s ministry and Life and Leadership Coach for Christian Women.
In addition to operating a successful boutique social media agency, she teaches women how to recognize, cultivate, and unleash their God given leadership ability. She holds a BA from Indiana Wesleyan and a Masters in Leadership from Wesley Seminary. Her graduate research project focused on leadership development and opportunities for Gen X women in the US church.
Angela is a Lark’s Song Certified Life Coach who reaches hundreds of thousands of women in 40+ countries each month on Facebook, IG, Twitter, Pinterest and two blogs. She is Director of Communications for Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy, a women led organization dedicated to engaging, empowering, and equipping women to lead in the church.
She is the host of the soon to be launched God Sized Calling Podcast and has also been published in Hope for Women and HOPE is Now magazines.
Angela is a also wife, mom to 6, and proud resident of Marion, Indiana with her family when they’re not traveling the US in their RV.