Leading Your Group
While many individuals have passion for the pro-life cause, passion does not necessarily qualify them for a leadership position. Leaders are indeed passionate, and this is a reason why many are drawn to their cause. However, they also exhibit other qualities that make them influential and successful.
Vision: Leaders have goals for the future, and they see the big picture. They know where they are, and they know where they want to be. Leaders direct and navigate the course to achieving their vision. They know what steps need to be taken, and then they direct their peers to follow this path.
Ability: Through experience and knowledge, the leader has formed a foundation for success. They are capable of handling the expectations and challenges of their position. Their abilities are displayed in their success in building relationships, meeting their goals, and influencing their environment.
Confidence: Leaders are sure of themselves and of their group. They express a positive attitude towards their future because they confident that they can achieve their vision. Their “can do” spirit inspires others to join their mission.
Perseverance: Leaders accept challenges and work to overcome them. They do not give up in the face of adversity. They work through problems and promptly address challenges.
Focus: Leaders pursue their vision with purpose and direction. They have organized manner of addressing their members, their projects, and their progress. They have clear plans to achieve their goals, and they have a timeline for these plans.
Communication: Leaders clearly express their goals, needs, and plans. They are also good listeners- allowing for others to contribute ideas, advice, and influence. Their ability to communicate allows for successful delegation and solid relationships.
Accountability: Leaders recognize their responsibilities, and they take ownership of them. They do not ask others to do what they themselves would not do, and they do not shirk their duties. They know the expectations of their position and do their best to meet these expectations.
Teachability: Leaders acknowledge that they do not have all the answers and that there is always room for growth. They learn from experience and from correction. They are willing to sacrifice and adjust as needed. Through each success and failure, leaders are constantly striving to be better and to do better.
Humility: Leaders recognize that they are not the sole reason for their group’s success. They are part of a team of players, and they acknowledge the abilities and contributions of their peers. Leaders realize that they are part of something bigger than themselves. They do not seek praise, but rather the satisfaction of the success of their group and the fulfillment of their vision.
Learn more about leadership from David Bereit of 40 Days for Life by watching his session at our 2014 Students for Life National Conference