Practice Leadership

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The Stage 

When is my chance on stage? When will people look to me for advice and consult? Heck, “Why won’t people listen to me?” Have you wondered about any of these things? 

Imagine going to a major conference to hear from the experts in your industry. You arrive at the main auditorium early (because you are a leader) and sit down quietly to check your smartphone. As the speaker’s address nears, you look up, and the seats around you are empty, but the stage is almost full. Eventually, a shoving match breaks out due to a lack of space on stage, and punches begin to be thrown between those closest to the microphone. Crazy, right? 

This scenario would be crazy, yet some of you feel like that’s happening at work as people try to get face time with your boss. Some of you are jealous of a peer who has started a business or received a great promotion. Some of you are amazed at a buddy who has tons of followers on social media. The Internet provided a stage of sorts. Unfortunately, it is a stage without guidelines as to who qualifies as an expert and without security guards surrounding it to remove those who threaten to drown out or interrupt those ready to speak tested truths or display well-practiced talent. 

When will I know I am called to the stage? 

Speakers on stage need an audience. In many situations, we would be wise to be the audience. After all, we’ve got two ears and one mouth. 

Sometimes, we can confuse our pride in our existing knowledge as a calling to leadership. However, the best speakers, authors, and leaders I’ve ever around have a mentality that they are always learning. Study the great leaders, and you will find their ego takes a back seat to their effort. 

Great leaders are crazier about their cause than hearing their names called. The common advice is to take charge of your destiny. An Uncommen approach would be to spend your time amassing knowledge, proving diligent to the little tasks, and serving others. If you can bring the energy to learning, diligence, and serving, you will be tapped for leadership or advice at the right time. 

If not now, then what? 

First, appreciate a season of preparation. According to most historical scholars, Jesus died in his thirties and had a ministry that lasted approximately three years. Do you ever wonder what he was doing for 30 years prior? John Wooden, the famous UCLA basketball coach who won 10 national titles, coached high school for 11 years! You, too, can wait for the right time. 

While your wait, focus your energy on crushing every task assigned to you and not having to be asked twice for something. Learn with vigor and accept responsibility in class. Engage your colleagues with encouragement; there are things you can learn from each other. When you are given a platform to lead, those relationships will benefit you most if you have practiced being approachable and servant-hearted. 

You need to be quiet and listen to be surveying for an opportunity. When you stop worrying about how much you need to be heard, you will start seeing voids of leadership that you might one day fill. You will see an unfulfilled need that will start your business. You will find out your boss’s most significant challenge and solve it, leading to a promotion. You will hear mounting misinformation and be prepared to be the voice of tested truth. 

Final word. 

When your ego takes a back seat to your effort, and your helpfulness outweighs your need to be heard, you will undoubtedly be tapped for advice and leadership.  

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  1. bwambalebashir

    Comment * I think God has blessed me with this site to fix what is missing in my journey with Him.

    • Tj Todd

      Amen. We hope you are Blessed with all those associated with Uncommen because what you are seeing is a effort by many all directed by God


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