“If you want to be a man who leads in his relationships, you must first be a man worth following.” This impactful message resonates with all people, especially me. Time and time again we are reminded that if you have no direction to provide, why would you expect anyone to trust your lead.
Sitting down with Daniel and Evan Richardsons, brothers only 3 years apart, was not only an inspirational gathering, but one of leadership, direction, and protection. Previous episodes talk about men and relationships from women’s perspectives, but this episode is men talking about men, and their innate call to lead, direct, and protect.
There is a difference between a dictator who relies on fear and manipulation for obedience and a leader who commands respect and brings out the best in others. Being a leader is about service and sacrifice.
What It Means to Lead, Direct, & Protect
#1: The willingness to grow, heal, take responsibility, and reflect on his actions and mistakes.
An awakened man is not perfect, and can not only accept these mistakes, failures, and inner wounds, but also have the drive to grow, to know when it may not be the right time to lead, and devote strength and courage to build a stronger foundation.
A man needs a woman, a partner, to talk openly to, and have dialogues about their fears, thoughts, and sadness. There’s an unspoken rule that men shouldn’t cry or be vulnerable, but with the right and supportive partner, they can!
#3: Being a leader is about serving and sacrifice.
There is a difference between a dictator who relies on fear and manipulation for obedience and a leader who commands respect and brings out the best in others. In other words, if you have no direction to provide, why would you expect anyone to trust your lead?
#4: Ask for help!
Even Moses asked for help! There are wonderful, spiritual mentors in our very own communities that we can turn to for guidance and direction. Asking for help is not only necessary but life-changing.
A tyrant and king both sit on a throne, but only one brings life to His kingdom.