This is the age I was when I was given my first leadership opportunity. It was 1989. I had been a Christian (of sorts) for about 3 years. I knew very little. I probably thought I knew everything but in reality I knew nothing. I’m not exactly sure what they saw in a skinny, lanky, 19 year old lad who hadn’t been around long. Even now, looking back I still ask the question – why did they ask me and not someone who had more experience?
Now, 25 years on, I am thankful that they gave me a go. Now, 25 years on, I’m trying to think about what I would say to someone who is 19 and just like me back then, someone who is equally not ready to be pushed into the leadership arena for the first time.
What have I learned on the journey?
What have been the golden moments?
What have been those moments best forgotten?
How would I describe the leadership journey?
What should they expect along the way?
To be honest, I’ve been scribbling this stuff down for the past few years, I’ve just lacked the discipline to pull it all together. But here goes. My life as a leader. Now, who do I think I am? Who am I to share my thoughts?
Me. I’m just someone who has made himself available.
To have a go.
To serve, wherever and whenever. I think I’ve done most things.
To hang around.
To do what needs to be done.
Hope you don’t mind me sharing.
Question: How old were you when you were given the opportunity to lead? What do you think they saw in you?