The Most Important Lesson For The Next Generation of Leaders

The Rev. Sam Shoemaker once said, “The untapped conviction and belief in [Pittsburgh] is worth more to it than all the coal in the hills and all the steel in the mills. If we could train and mobilize that force, Pittsburgh would become the spiritual pilot plant for America.”

16489_994111810448_7939774702136935498_n-570x428This is how Lisa started her talk on the most important lesson for the next generation of leaders last Saturday morning for the Learning to Lead breakfast, organized by LC grad Doug Smith.

There are three marks of a great leader.

1.) Faithfulness (11:20)

Faithfulness in the small things will get you to where you want to go. Continue to be faithful about the things you are called to do.

2) Obedience and yieldedness (16:10)

This means you truly know what it take to submit. We are not doormats, but yield when it is the appropriate thing to do, and do it with a sense of grace and forbearance. All the plans in the world mean nothing unless you are yielded to God.

3.) Stewardship (19:10)

We were created by God to create. Stewardship means that we take our God-given gifts and use them for the greater good.

Imagine if all of us worked for the good of the cities around us. What would it look like if we understand that our whole work is heavenward offering?

You can listen to the podcast below, by visiting Doug Smith’s website, or listening to it on iTunes (Learning to Lead)

Episode #68: Lisa Slayton on Leadership


[box] Part of PLF’s calling is to invest in what being a great leader means. We offer programs such as the Leaders Collaborative and the Urban Leaders Project to address these questions.[/box]

[learn_more caption=”Leaders Collaborative”] The Leaders Collaborative is a leadership development program that utilizes teaching and community-building to help members gain clarity around stewarding their calling. Email Lisa Slayton if you are interested in this program.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Urban Leaders Project”] The Urban Leaders Project is a cohort-based program that offers non-profit leaders the unique opportunity to embolden vision and cultivate professional community through five months of teaching, coaching, and collaboration. Contact Herb Kolbe if you are interested in this program.[/learn_more]


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Photo credit: Doug Smith