Last Blog Post :(
Of course I have to reflect a little, so here are just a few things, of so many, that I have learned over the years with FOCUS.
Consistency - At Collin college in Plano Texas, a FOCUS student, David Wright, met with me every week. We would read scripture and talk about our weeks together. As a freshman, not knowing anyone, his consistent one-on-one time with me was invaluable. By doing so he changed my character to be consistent with people and fight alongside others.
|David is on the left. This was my Sophomore your of College in 2011.|
Leaders are readers - I heard this saying said many times through my time as a student and while on staff. Being someone who despised reading, I thought, "there has to be a way around that". I'm still not naturally inclined to want to read, but God has helped me so the value in it and has changed my heart. Isn't it amazing that one of the ways he gave us to commune with him is through a book? The ability to read in it's self is a gift and not to be taken for granted. Reading gives us perspective, knowledge, insight, vison and wisdom. Effective leaders know their insight alone isn't enough and seek knowledge from people before them and beyond their expertise.
Seek first to understand then to be understood - it's easier to short circuit the process of helping someone by just giving them advice or saying... 'here's what you should do'. We skip or quickly move beyond seeking to make sure we fully understand someone's situation in order to make the process faster or bestow our precious wisdom upon them. Often we genuinely want to help, but sometimes the most someone may need is for someone to just listen to what they are going through. In return this may make them more receptive to your insight. In regards to trying to help people this will always be a temptation for me, to just give direction or discipline before I fully understand what happened.
|Albert has been a great friend since 2010, he has really tought me to seek being understanding and relational with people.|
Southern Methodist University