It’s quotes like this that remind me why I prefer to sit in the back row and not in the front. I don’t mind knowing the way and going the way, but showing the way is hard.
As an introvert, I’m more comfortable behind the scenes.
Starting my business was exciting and fun but the leadership role I found myself in has been something I have had to learn to do. It really has only been in the last couple of years that I have felt truly confident to voice opinions and not just suggestions.
I prefer to work collaboratively but there are times I have to put my foot down and say no that is not wise and here is the way you should go. In the corporate world that didn’t always work well for me and I learned to voice my ideas as a question. It is habit that I have had to unlearn.
Starting this blog has been a huge step out of my comfort zone as well. Realizing that even as I am talking about the concepts of resting, balancing work and life and taking a break etc., that I don’t always follow my own advice. There are times I feel like the biggest hypocrite. It is then I realize that I am writing a lot of this for me! To remind me what I need to do to make it for the long haul, with my sanity hopefully intact.
Have you ever felt this way? Does leadership scare you? For some it comes naturally, for some it is learned and for some it is a gradual realization that you are a leader and that others are watching and following you.
A wise leader also realizes that they are a servant, reaching out and impacting the lives of others. You could even rephrase this quote a bit. A Servant Leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and guides the way. I like the idea of guiding, it isn’t as scary as the word show. Semantics I know but it might help to think of it this way.
Marta Goertzen is an entrepreneur, writer and nature photographer. She daily explores the trails and beaches of the South Central Oregon Coast with her buddy Bailey. You can follow along on their adventures on Instagram. She is also the author of several books including her newest, “Choosing Gratitude: A Daily Quiet Time Journal”.