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Not All Leaders Are Created Equal

Sam Chand: Walking through inadequacy and discovering destiny

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The following is an adaptation of the article that first appeared in Champions Vol. III.

As a “Dream Releaser”, how did you discover your personal destiny?

In my life, the way God has spoken to me is by opening doors. I told God early in my journey that I would walk through every door He opened and that has proven to be a destiny decision.

My destiny discovered me. I became keenly aware of the doors God was opening for me and even more so, the caliber of opportunities He brought to me. That journey is not yet complete as I continue to experience upward shifts toward my destiny.

“Do it even when afraid, celebrate the wins, and one day find yourself confident in that area.”

You are a widely regarded international speaker and mentor for large organizations. What did you do to get to where you are today?

I didn’t do anything to become a Dream Releaser. It is naturally innate in me. My life’s vision is to help others succeed. I have done my best to be obedient and follow what I thought God was leading me into.

That included equipping myself with all the training that was available to me. It has involved learning, unlearning and relearning. Also, I had to be willing to change and be open to new ways of thinking.

What would you say to someone who doesnt feel adequate to step into an opportunity or task presented to them?

It is human to feel inadequate. The real issue isn’t inadequacy but rather how we respond to that feeling. No one can be good at all things.

Sam Chand, Quito, Ecuador, 2018

 

So with that knowledge, leaders are free to work on skill sets that are needed in the area of their responsibility. You cannot allow feelings of inadequacy to paralyze you. You have to move ahead and complete the task before you. Do it even when afraid, celebrate the wins, and one day find yourself confident in that area.

What makes a confident leader?

Being a leader means serving others, lifting others, and believing in others. The operative word is others. Leadership equals responsibility.

“Leadership equals responsibility.”

A leader takes on the stewardship for a number of things. Some of them include: human, financial, spiritual, and natural resources. It involves being a role model and being under the scrutiny of various constituencies.

Being a leader is not being a ‘Lone Ranger’ and calling all the shots, although leaders certainly do make decisions. It is about calling the shots, while knowing what is at stake on all levels and for all people you influence.

Do you believe that everyone can be a leader? Are some more suited for it?

While I believe everyone can be a leader, I also know that not everyone will be one. There are different levels of leadership embedded in us. A good example of that is found in Jethro’s counsel to Moses, his son-in-law (Exodus 18:21). He instructed him to delegate different levels of leadership to different leaders.

Jesus did the same when he chose the 12 apostles out of more than 70 followers, and then created a smaller circle with His inner three — Peter, James and John.

Leadership is about capacity and tenacity. Effective leadership depends on how determined and willing one is to work and apply leadership principles. Learned skills, in my opinion, will not exceed natural ability. Some have a bent for leadership and can excel more readily than those who don’t.

What can leaders do to raise up new leaders?

The most important thing is to acknowledge that a leader’s primary responsibility is to raise up new leaders. It is not the methodology – rather, it is the mentality which motivates a leader to raise other leaders.

Test upcoming leaders with responsibilities that affords them a measure of failure, so they can learn. Leaders have to take risks to raise up leaders.

“Leadership is about capacity and tenacity.”

This edition of Champions is themed ‘Convergence’. What does Kingdom convergence mean to you?

Kingdom convergence is the intersection of the sacred and secular – church and corporate. It means overcoming artificial divides that keep the two separated. This is where Christ-following leaders commissioned to corporate leadership are being what Jesus asked us to be – salt and light. Influencers!

The Church needs to remove the clergy and laity divide. The Church needs to honor and respect those who are called to ministry in the marketplace. It is the responsibility of the Church to bless and release Christian leaders to all callings of service.

Sam Chand is a leadership architect and consultant, author, change strategist and speaker. He  now serves as President Emeritus of Beulah Heights University. As a Dream Releaser, he serves pastors, ministries, governmental and social organizations and businesses as a leadership architect and change strategist.

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