How Good Leaders Let Others Have a Voice

When Others Don’t Listen

 

Have you ever had one of those experiences where you’ve offered advice to someone and for whatever reason they didn’t listen to you? You’ve spent time pouring your heart and soul into them, offering advice that you think is important for them to hear but no response.

Then someone less connected comes along, says the same thing, and their advice gains acceptance. The new voice gets the credit for what you’ve been saying all along.

It happens all the time. With our families. With our friends. With our staff.

For much of my leadership life, I’ve been irritated by this dynamic. I can give direction over and over, but it’s often an outside voice that breaks through.

 

Embrace Outside Voices

 

As leaders, we can either fight this dynamic or embrace it. Embracing it doesn’t mean we give up on giving direction; it just means we need to look at our roles differently. While we need to both speak and model the way, we can also embrace outside voices to reinforce the principles we’re trying to cultivate in our teams.

You must bring other voices to speak to the issues your team needs to hear. You can’t say it all, and they won’t listen to you all the time anyway.

 

Good Leaders Let Others Have a Voice 

 

Rather than feel the need to be the one with every brilliant idea, bring voices you trust to say what your team needs to hear.

It’s an act of humility because it means acknowledging that outside voices will often be stronger than yours. It’s a willingness to let go of the need to be the “know-it-all” and trust that your job is really to bring the information to the table in whatever form will get through to your team and influence change and growth. Your role as the day-to-day leader in an organization is to be the curator of content.

 

Become a Curator of Content

 

When you embrace this role, you can relinquish the need to be the one developing all the ideas, and instead, direct your energy to find voices who can help say it for you. You become a curator of content.

Scour DVD teaching series, YouTube content, training resources from subject experts, Podcasts, and business leaders in your community. Look around you for people who are saying what you need to say but perhaps in a different way.

And when you see that “ah-ha” look in your team’s eyes, don’t get frustrated or jealous that someone else said it. Be proud of the fact that you made the connection.

 

Being a leader doesn’t mean being the only voice. It means knowing how to curate the many voices that will bring the right ideas to help your team effectively carry out the mission.

Be the curator!

 

Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group

 

** Are You New to The 4Sight Group?  **

As leaders, we’re full of ideas and initiatives. We see potential and opportunity all around. We can almost taste the outcome, but often we get bogged down by how we’ll get from here to there.

The “how” can be overwhelming and discouraging, so we give up on our goals or fail to build a plan to help us achieve them.

These five steps will get you and your team on the path to moving from ideas to action! We’d love to have you join our community and access this free PDF!

 

 

Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.

Jenni is the author of several books, including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.


 

 

Are You Guilty of Being a One-Sided Leader?

Don’t Become a Good Cop/Bad Cop Leader 

 

“Go ask your mother.”

“Your father is not going to like that!”

“You’ll need the boss’ approval.”

“If the leader of that department is okay with it, I’m okay with it.”

 

We do this all the time. We pass the buck. We play good cop/bad cop.

Some of us are wired for mercy.

Some of us are wired for justice.

And because of that wiring, we usually become either the good cop or the bad cop for those we lead.

 

Good Cop/Bad Cop Philosophy

When we perpetuate a good cop/bad cop scenario, we create heroes and villains.

The philosophy doesn’t emerge from dysfunction. It comes from that natural wiring, and at first, it even seems balanced. We need mercy and justice. We need grace and truth. Since both exist, there appears to be an equilibrium in the organization. For a time, there might be the illusion of such, but in reality, you’re enabling a dysfunction that will wear down the relational chemistry of your team.

 

The “Good Cop” Role

The leader who plays the “good cop” role, while well-liked, will become less respected. That person can never be relied upon to speak the truth. The team eventually catches on and realizes that in the desire to be the “good cop” this leader is never coaching you for improvement or constructively giving you feedback. The “good cop” leaves that to the “bad cop.”

 

The “Bad Cop” Role

The leader who plays the “bad cop” role wears down the organization. As the person who is always delivering the bad news, this leader is avoided. People dodge when they see them coming. People know that whatever they have to say, it’s not going to be good.

 

Embrace Both Sides of Leadership

Good cop/bad cop leadership philosophy divides teams. It perpetuates unhealthy alliances and ultimately severs relationships.

As leaders, we can’t delegate the good or the bad. Healthy leadership is embracing both sides. It’s part of our leadership responsibility.

As leaders, we must be willing to be merciful and just while being both truthful and gracious.

 

Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group

 

** Are You New to The 4Sight Group?  **

As leaders, we’re full of ideas and initiatives. We see potential and opportunity all around. We can almost taste the outcome, but often we get bogged down by how we’ll get from here to there.

The “how” can be overwhelming and discouraging, so we give up on our goals or fail to build a plan to help us achieve them.

These five steps will get you and your team on the path to moving from ideas to action! We’d love to have you join our community and access this free PDF!

 

 

Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.

Jenni is the author of several books, including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.


 

 

3 Reason We Don’t Value Rest

Avoid the Danger of Chronic Work 

 

Have you ever noticed that of the 10 Commandments, God gives the most description to Exodus 20:8-11?

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy,” (Exodus 20:8-11 NIV).

Four verses are devoted to explaining why we need to rest. No other commandment is given this much dwelling time. But even with the extra explanation, I still violate this one the most.

 

A Leaders Greatest Danger

I believe, the inability to honor the Sabbath is a leader’s greatest danger.

Leader’s thrive on accomplishment. We’re wired for productivity. We’re naturally inclined to maximize time and opportunity. A few extra hours to catch up when others are at rest makes us feel like we’re getting ahead of the game. Some of us wake up early or stay up late to get “just a few more things done.” We check our phones during family time to respond to “just one email.” Or we go to the office on a holiday to catch up on a project, for “just a couple hours.” Unfilled time slots are a precious commodity to us because our plates are full and their spinning fast.

If you’re like me, you might be tempted to see the Sabbath as a luxury you can’t afford. Somehow we are tempted to believe we’re above the law. And this my friends is a dangerous place for us to be.

 

3 Sins of Sabbath Violation

1) Pride

Our inability to recognize our limits and to acknowledge our dependence on God is a sin. It’s a violation of God’s directive to us. When we can’t take God at His Word, we are suggesting we know better. We’ve stopped leading ourselves well by not practicing the essential disciplines that nurture our soul.

 

2) Fear

Trusting God with our limitations is frightening. We fear for our identity, reputation, and future if there are unknown elements that are out of our control. Fear compels us to seek control and manipulate every moment and opportunity, even if it means we violate God’s command. As a result, we stop giving ourselves permission to pause.

 

3) Selfishness

In Exodus, we find an explanation for why we should Sabbath,

“Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed,” (Exodus 23:12).

Observing the Sabbath isn’t all about you! This verse explains that when we rest, we create space for those we lead to rest too. Leaders, this is huge! When you don’t rest, you don’t allow your family or those who work with you to rest. You are leading them to sin as well.

This passage was an eye-opener for me. For most of my life, I’ve been tempted to see the Sabbath as a gift to me, but that’s a selfish perspective. A leader’s life is never just about oneself. How we lead, even in rest, impacts the people we are responsible to lead.

 

A Fresh Perspective

Sabbath is about God and my recognition that it is him that enables me to do what I do. It’s a weekly reminder of my limitations. Sabbath is my acknowledgment of my total dependence on him. Honestly, this is really hard for me. It’s a weekly battle to turn off, shut down, disconnect, and trust God.

How about you? What is God teaching you about Sabbath and rest? How are you growing in your dependence on him?

 

Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group

 

** Are You New to The 4Sight Group?  **

As leaders, we’re full of ideas and initiatives. We see potential and opportunity all around. We can almost taste the outcome, but often we get bogged down by how we’ll get from here to there.

The “how” can be overwhelming and discouraging, so we give up on our goals or fail to build a plan to help us achieve them.

These five steps will get you and your team on the path to moving from ideas to action! We’d love to have you join our community and access this free PDF!

 

 

Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.

Jenni is the author of several books, including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.


 

 

Limitations Add Value to Your Leadership

3 Good Reasons to Heed Limits!  

 

Recently I was pursuing an opportunity that I was excited to check out. Not only was it something that I would enjoy, but it would enable me to be closer to my family and be helpful to the future of The 4Sight Group. I started out cautiously optimist, and with each step, it seemed that this opportunity was going to become a reality until a major roadblock unexpectedly emerged. This idea I was pursuing was suddenly dead. Done. Over.

I found myself limited by a circumstance beyond my control, resulting, I should mention, in a full-out tantrum. I was extremely frustrated!

I’m not too fond of limits–I hate them. I pride myself in being someone who gets things done. Someone who can overcome any obstacle and make miracles happen. (Think Olivia Pope minus the Scandal!)

 

Are Limitation Part of Our Leadership Journey?

 

Possibilities energize me. Ideas inspire me. To a degree, this comes with the territory of a leader.

  • Leaders inspire with hope.
  • We see possibility.
  • We keep people tethered to the vision.
  • We’re the bridge between reality and possibility.
  • We chart the way forward.

That’s why limits are so difficult for leaders to accept. We’re conditioned to see beyond boundaries and limitations.

However, I do believe that limits have a purpose, and a wise leader will pay attention to the limiting factors he or she faces.

 

3 Good Reasons to Heed Limits

 

1. Not all possibilities are good; not all ideas are sound.

Caught up in the thrill of momentum, we can begin to believe that every idea will work and that no possibility is terrible. We begin to think we’re invincible and we keep plowing forward as if we are.

Limits, if we pay attention to them, can help us slow down to evaluate and discern what is essential and necessary for this moment or season. Pay attention if you hear yourself or your team say, “Don’t worry, it will all work out.” There is a difference between faith and foolishness. Discernment is essential.

 

2. Ignoring limits hurts you and those you lead.

By the nature of our driven-ness, we are not comfortable with complacency. When we have not learned to manage our sense of urgency, we put the proverbial pedal to the metal and go all out.

When we do this, we leave disaster in our wake. Our health suffers, our relationships suffer, our teams suffer, and their families suffer. When we don’t recognize and respect limits, we negatively impact every circle of our influence.

It’s imperative to understand what drives and motivates us as leaders because when we abuse limits, we hurt others and ourselves.

 

3. Limits give us perspective.

When we are moving too fast, we don’t have time to observe the landscape and take note of what is around us. In a way, we have tunnel vision, and we can miss other concerns that may need consideration. When limited by time, resources, or some other unexpected roadblock – it forces us to pull out for a more comprehensive view. What are we missing? Is there another way? Do we need to slow down or go another route? Intentional limits may provide a perspective that helps us see another way forward.

 

Limitations Add Value to Your Leadership

 

As one wise mentor once said to me, “there are nine other numbers between 0 and 10” – meaning my leadership doesn’t have to be all or nothing. When we recognize limits, we become more keenly aware of the pace we need to lead. Extraordinary leaders learn and appreciate the value of limits.

I’m finding myself praying this prayer from Ruth Haley Barton’s book, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership.

 

God, help us live within the limits of what you have called us to do. Help us live within the limits of who we are – both as individuals and as an organization. Help us give our very best in the field that we have been given to work and to trust you to enlarge our sphere of action if and when you know we are ready. Help us know the difference between being driven by grandiose visions and responding faithfully to the expansion of your work in and through us.

 

Are you facing a limitation? Perhaps it’s not a limitation but an opportunity to expand your perspective or to trust that God, in His perfect timing, will unfold his unlimited plan.

 

Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group

 

 

** Are You New to The 4Sight Group?  **

As leaders, we’re full of ideas and initiatives. We see potential and opportunity all around. We can almost taste the outcome, but often we get bogged down by how we’ll get from here to there.

The “how” can be overwhelming and discouraging so we give up on our goals or fail to build a plan to help us actually achieve them.

These five steps will get you and your team on the path to moving from ideas to action! We’d love to have you join our community and access this free PDF!

 

 

Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.

Jenni is the author of several books including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.


 

 

Lead From Your Extraordinary Best

Free Leadership Assessment and BONUS Leader’s Guide 

If there is one thing I’m passionate about is seeing leaders lead from their extraordinary best!

 

A Sacred Call

Leaders, we have a sacred call. Because of our influence, we have the power to affect and change the lives of the people we lead. Let’s be great stewards of this responsibility and be committed to leading ourselves well.

In my book, The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, I explain how I believe the Great Commandment gives us a framework for leading from our extraordinary best.

Jesus is challenging us to love God and others with all of who we are – heart, soul, mind, and strength. I believe our best leadership – healthy, thriving, God-honoring leadership – occurs when we learn to lead from these four dimensions.

 

The First Step

Pulling it all together is a process. The first step of the process is awareness of your strengths and weakness when it comes to leading from your whole self. Are you a stronger heart leader, soul leader, mind leader, or strength leader?

We need you to lead with all of who you are – heart, soul, mind, and strength for the glory of God and the good of others!

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Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group

 

 

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Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.

Jenni is the author of several books, including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.


 

 

The Value of Close and Healthy Connections

The Value of Close and Healthy Connections

Who’s in Your Inner Circle?

 

I think the book that has had the most influence on me as a leader is John C. Maxwell’s book, The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day.”

I bought this book many years ago, and I re-read it at least once a year. One of my favorite sections is the chapter called “The Law of the Inner Circle.” In this chapter, Maxwell is pointing out the importance of surrounding yourself with great people. Maxwell says:

“There are no Lone Ranger leaders. If you’re alone, you’re not leading anybody, are you? You see, every leader’s potential is determined by the people closest to him. If those people are strong, then the leader can make a huge impact. If they are weak, he can’t.”

Maxwell continues to give you a list of the types of people you should surround yourself with for continuous growth. The value of close, healthy connections is so important that I decided to share my list.

 

Surround Yourself with 15 Types of People

 

1. INTERCESSOR– Someone who prays for you. My intercessor is my PaPa, my mom’s dad. I remember back in college that PaPa would send me letters and tell me how many times he had prayed for me each day.

 

2. LISTENER – A person you confide in, vent to, and bounce ideas off of for feedback. I have several people that fill this role including my sister Jessica and a small close group of friends.

 

3. ENCOURAGER– People who inspire you with courage. My encouragers are my dad and my husband.

 

4. CREATOR – Creative people stretch your mind, challenge your direction, increase your vision, and multiply your gifts. My creators are my team at 4Sight and my friend Stephen Brewster.

 

5. DISCERNER – These are people who see what you can’t see. In my personal life by discerner is my husband and in my professional life, my discerner is my mastermind group.

 

6. GIVER – This is someone who loves you unconditionally. My niece and nephew are amazing in this role.

 

7. DEFENDER – The person who steps in when weariness keeps you from fighting back. My husband is my greatest defender.

 

8. IMPLEMENTER – These are people you can trust to get things done — Jessica and Marisa on the 4Sight team.

 

9. CELEBRATOR – A person who knows how to throw a party. Alli Worthington as an Enneagram 7 brings the party to my life.

 

10. RESOURCER – These people help you gather information. I don’t have one specific person for this role. Different people serve in this role depending on the need.

 

11. SPONSOR – Someone in your life who will believe in you and who will use his influence to help you along. I’ve had different sponsors in different seasons. Currently, friends like Carey Nieuwhof fill this role.

 

12. THINKER– The people who are talented at solving problems – All of The 4Sight team bring this gift.

 

13. NETWORKER – These people know people. My friend Lindsey Nobles is brilliant at this.

 

14. MENTOR – Others who are ahead of you and help you along the way. Much like sponsors, I’ve had different mentors at different times throughout my life.

 

15. PROTEGE– Find the right person and pour your life into theirs. Throughout the years, I’ve had the privilege of “pouring into” the lives of some amazing young leaders. I want to continue to be intentional in this.

 

I encourage you to take some time and create your list. Which of these roles do you fill in other people’s lives and who fills these roles in yours?

If your list comes up a little short, consider a change. Meet new people, nurture an existing relationship, or join a peer-related environment. You can find a local or virtual community group, join a mastermind group, or make time for a conference or leadership event.

Don’t be a “Lone Ranger Leader.” Surround yourself with great people and experience “The Law of the Inner Circle.”

 

Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group

 

 

** Are You New to The 4Sight Group?  **

As leaders, we’re full of ideas and initiatives. We see potential and opportunity all around. We can almost taste the outcome, but often we get bogged down by how we’ll get from here to there.

The “how” can be overwhelming and discouraging so we give up on our goals or fail to build a plan to help us actually achieve them.

These five steps will get you and your team on the path to moving from ideas to action! We’d love to have you join our community and access this free PDF!

 

 

Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.

Jenni is the author of several books including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.


 

 

JCLP Featuring Dee Ann Turner

You all are gonna love this one!

Dee Ann is a 33-year veteran of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Prior to retirement in 2018, she was Vice President, Talent and Vice President, Sustainability. The company’s first female officer, she was instrumental in building and growing Chick-fil-A’s well-known culture and talent systems. During her long career, she worked closely with Chick-fil-A’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, and other key leaders as an architect of their organizational culture. Additionally, she led Talent Management, Staff Learning and Development, Diversity and Inclusion, and Culture and Engagement.

Today, she leads her own organization, Dee Ann Turner, LLC, writing books, speaking to over 50 audiences per year and consulting and coaching leaders globally. She is the author of the bestseller, It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture. Her latest book, Bet On Talent, will be released in September 2019.

Highlights from our conversation:

• Dee Ann’s recipe for a remarkable culture
• How she discovered that her calling was to help others find and develop their calling
• Her greatest learning from @chickfila founder Truett Cathy
• The important difference between principles and rules

This one is SOOO good! Go listen, rate, review, and share!

Listen to this episode via Apple PodcastsStitcherGoogle Play, or your favorite podcast app!

Pre-order her new book: Bet on Talent

Connect with Dee Ann:

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A Private Dream Needs a Public Vision

A Private Dream Needs a Public Vision

4 Things Leaders Need to Fuel Vision

 

As a leader, you’ve been entrusted with the stewardship of vision. Your job is to keep the dream alive. Vibrant. Inspiring. Hope-filled.

I suspect you can hear the timbre of Dr. King’s voice and feel the urgency of his plea as you read the words “I have a dream today.”

Dr. King knew that the strength of a vision rests upon the ability of the leader to communicate it.

While most of us won’t be casting visions or writing speeches that will grace the halls of history, the visions we cast to the people we lead are incredibly important to the dream we have before us.

 

4 Things Leaders Need to Fuel Vision

 

1. Courage

It takes courage to lead toward a vision. Visionaries are the dreamers who define new ideas and are the first to believe they are possible. It takes courage to stick your neck out for a new idea and keep championing it until everyone you’re leading believes in it.

2. Patience and Endurance

If courage gets you started, it’s patience and endurance that see you through to a realized vision. Hebrews 10:36 instructs, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Living in a culture that is impatient with any process, we need to remind ourselves, and those we lead, that when we follow a God-directed vision, we must also trust his timing.

3. Conviction

What is that thing that keeps you up at night and keeps the wheels of your mind turning? What is that thing you can’t stop talking about? As a leader, you must know your conviction because it ultimately defines your vision. Conviction fuels patience and endurance; it’s the mark of true vision. Conviction puts teeth on a passion.

4. Focus

Visionary leaders with focus stay committed to living out their vision. Your focus is the result of a conviction. These are the two driving forces that will keep the entire team going in the same direction.

Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18

 

Without Vision We Flounder

Those we lead need someone and something to follow. As leaders, we provide strength for our teams when we understand the power of vision. Visionary leadership means keeping hope and possibility in front of yourself and those you lead.

Do you have a dream? Fuel it will courage, patience & endurance, conviction, and focus and see it come to life!

 

**This post is adapted from Chapter 7 of The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership: The Power of Leading from Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength

 

Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group

 

           

Jenni Catron is the Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group.  Her passion is to equip and inspire leaders to lead from their extraordinary best! Schedule a free coaching call with Jenni. 

 

 


Leading Confidently

Leading Confidently

Overcome Fear and Insecurity in Leadership

 

One of the greatest monsters I wrestle with in leadership is being confident in the calling and gifting God has for me.  I battle the usual suspects of insecurity, fear, and playing the comparison game.

At a leadership event, I shared the story of Deborah and the confidence she displayed in her calling.  Deborah is one of my favorite leaders from scripture, and I’m continuing to unpack layers of her leadership that fascinate me.

 

Observations Found in Judges Chapters 4 & 5

 

  • Deborah is Judge of Israel during a time when the Canaanites cruelly oppressed Israel.
  • We know she’s married and that she holds court under a palm tree on a hill (sounds like a nice office).
  • She gets a command from God for Barak to rally 10,000 men and face the Canaanite army.
  • Barak refuses to go unless Deborah goes with him.
  • You never see Deborah waiver; she continually reminds Barak of God’s promise to deliver Sisera, the commander of the Canaanite army, into his hands.
  • Chapter 5 is their victory song.

I wish the writer of Judges had been a bit more descriptive about the behind-the-scenes relational and emotional dynamics in this story.  The writer tells us what happens and the decisions that Deborah made, but doesn’t give us a ton of insight into how she felt or what she was processing through each decision. It’s at this point that I start trying to place myself in her story.  How would I have felt?  What would I have feared?

 

4 Keys to Deborah’s Confidence

 

1. She EARNED INFLUENCE

Deborah was a prophetess and judge of Israel at a time when it was highly unusual for a woman to serve in such positions of leadership.  It makes me think she must have had some significant influence to be appointed to these positions. Deborah must have also displayed consistency of character, love for people, sound judgment, etc. in her role as Judge.  Barak and the 10,000 leaders were willing to follow her lead because they trusted what she said was God’s command.

2. She displayed INCREDIBLE STRENGTH

I can’t imagine living during Deborah’s time. Israel was weak, defenseless and far from God.  I suspect morale was low and hope was barely a flicker.  But Deborah had hope and faith in God’s vision. As a result, she summoned the strength to silence the voices of doubt and timidity, and as one author describes, “called the people to battle, leading them out of idolatry and restoring their dignity as God’s chosen ones.”

3. She showed CONSISTENT HUMILITY

It seems it would have been easy to take the credit if we were in her shoes.  She could have told Barak, “God told us to lead the army,” but she didn’t.  She told Barak that God had called him to lead the army, and at that point, her role was probably unclear.  However, she chose to turn the power and the potential glory over to Barak.

I also love that in Judges 5:7, Deborah doesn’t refer to herself as judge, prophetess or leader.  She describes herself as “a mother in Israel.”  She didn’t need to prove to herself or remind others of her positional power.

4. She was FAITHFULLY OBEDIENT

Deborah drew her confidence from her relationship with God.  God gave her the directive for the battle with Sisera, and she didn’t lose sight of this even in the heat of it.  Judges 4:14 says “Then Deborah said to Barak, ‘Up! For this is the day in which the Lord has delivered Sisera into your hand.  Has not the Lord gone out before you?’” After the battle ended, she and Barak sang a victory song in which they repeatedly thank God.

 

Practical Reminders for Leading Confidently

Deborah’s story is an excellent reminder of God’s faithfulness through our obedience.  Deborah was pursuing God’s glory, not hers. As a result, her influence allowed Israel to experienced peace for 40 years.  That’s a remarkable influence!

When we pursue a life of humility, obedience, love and sound judgment it ignites unstoppable strength because our hope and faith is in God. We can lead with confidence knowing that fear and insecurity has no power over us.

 

Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group

 

           

Jenni Catron is the Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group.  Her passion is to equip and inspire leaders to lead from their extraordinary best! Schedule a free coaching call with Jenni. 

 

 


Are You a Unicorn in a World of Leaders?

Are You a Unicorn in a World of Leaders?

Find Your Cohorts! 

 

Women in leadership can sometimes feel like a unicorn ready to journey through a mythical land to find her cohorts.

But a calling isn’t meant to be a burden. A calling is meant to be compelling. A calling is the unleashing of all of who we are for God’s great good.

You don’t have to go to a mythical land to find like-minded leaders, but you can travel to a beautiful island for our Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive in Neenah, WI. But that’s just the beginning. Participants will experience six months of group coaching and community engagement.

Watch this video where we (Jenni Catron and Alli Worthington) give you a behind-the-scenes about this upcoming event at The Historic Syme-Gilbert House.

So, do you want to meet fellow unicorns? Since this group provides personal development and group interaction, participants are limited to only 20 women. Register today to secure your spot.

Click Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive for more information and to register.

Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group

 

 

March Month-at-a-Glance

If you missed one of our publications this month, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a convenient list.

03/05/19             Solving Gender Issues in Leadership

03/07/19             Women in Leadership Thrive Together

03/12/19             How to Lead Change and Build Trust

03/14/19             A Mistake Most Leaders Make

03/19/19             Minimize Leadership Stress

03/21/19             How to Regain Team Momentum (Video)

03/26/19             10 Warning Signs Leaders Should Not Ignore (Guest Post)

 

 

           

Jenni Catron is the Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group.  Her passion is to equip and inspire leaders to lead from their extraordinary best! Schedule a free coaching call with Jenni. 

 

 

 


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