Hello, my name is Joshua Martin. I am a student in the September 2011 DTS at YWAM Destination Paradise. I have learned so much during the past few weeks of lecture. One of the things that I’ve been learning a lot about here is leadership. Since this is a leadership DTS, we have a leadership class once a week where we go over a book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell, which talks about what it takes to become a good leader.
A leader has to be a good listener, not just someone who takes control in every situation, but someone who listens to what everyone else has to say. To be able to lead effectively I have to be able to listen to the people on my team and act on what they say. You increase your value as a leader by increasing the value in the people around you.
One of the stories that I learned while reading this leadership book is the story of the founder of Costco. He invests his time and energy in each one of his employees. He makes it a point to pay all of Costco employees better than average wages, which gives the employees incentive to work harder. Because of the commitment to increase the value of his employees, his company has continued to successfully grow. This story has had a large impact on my view of leadership. Because I never thought that you could increase your leadership potential by adding to the value of others. This part of leadership is something that I feel that I can really apply to my own life. When I am trying to share my faith, for example, I need to first learn about the people I am sharing with and what they are interested in or affected by. I can’t just rush into the situation and try to share God’s love with them while completely ignoring them as a person. While I am building a relationship with them and showing them that I care, God’s love is revealed. Good leadership is something that I can use in my Christian walk as well as at my job and in all other areas of life. I have been learning so much here at YWAM DP and I hope to continue to grow in my relationship with God and my leadership abilities. Please pray for me to continue to step out into Godly leadership in a way that brings Him glory.