Learning to Lead

May 14, 2015  |     |   General

     Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Leadercast: Omaha Conference.  This is a conference focused on building up Christ-like leaders in every workplace, with impressive speakers from all different walks of life.  It was all that I expected it to be plus more. I went into this conference very excited to learn what it is to be a leader and not just to get tips and tricks of the trade but to learn, in the core, what it is to BE a leader. My Open Door Mission position in the Volunteer Department requires me to lead volunteers by communicating what needs to be accomplished, so leadership is key.  The topic of this year was Bravery and that is something that I lack in the field of being a leader.
     The 107th Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, said that you need to know what you believe in and stand for it. The first thing I thought of when he said this was the name of Jesus.  His name carries power, which should produce bravery in all who stand in His name.
     The mayor of Compton, Aja Brown, expanded on the statement, “We are all human.”  I like that because no matter if I am leading people that make tons of money, or youth group kids that are looking for a fun Wednesday night, I need to understand that we are all humans created by God, plain and simple.
     Peyton Manning made the point that we are all leaders in something, even if we do not think so. The ability to lead is present on some level in every person, and all we have to do is find and practice it.
     The CEO of Pixar, Ed Catmull shared the wisdom that a leader must be willing to forget there are levels in a company for a little bit.  Everyone should be able to speak openly and listen to each other’s ideas.  A good leader listens to their employees/followers, which allows for non-biased ideas from people that may surprise you.
     I came away with a lot of good characteristics of a leader in this year’s Leadercast and it is hard to fit everything into this one blog. Thankfully I have a notebook full of the words of the great leaders that attended this conference. I feel very fortunate to have been able to go and learn what I have learned. The next step is to review the notes and apply what I have learned to my everyday life as a Volunteer Coordinator at Open Door Mission, or in any other areas the Lord calls me to lead.

Corey McClain
Volunteer Coordinator