Warning: You Are Losing Opportunities To Lead

This happened to me when I went to order some food a few weeks back: (It was at a drive-thru. So it was not a face-to-face order)

Me: Yes, can I get a BBQ Plate?
Cashier: Did you want some nuggets?
Me: No, a BBQ Plate with a Sprite, please.
Cashier: Okay, and would you like something to drink with that?
Cashier: Yes, a Sprite, please.

Yeah, it was a little frustrating, which made me think of the importance of communication. We really don’t think about how important communication is until it fails.

Warning: You Are Losing Opportunities To Lead

At this point, you might be asking yourself, what this has to do with leadership.

Well shortly after this happened I also came across this quote, “You are never just talking you are always leading” – Craig Groeschel

Communication is important but it might be more important than you think. I believe most of us have heard the thought that we lead by example. So we need to watch how we act. But I think we often forget about how our words are leading those around us.

How are you leading?

Take a few minutes and think about it:

Are your words leading people to be pessimistic optimistic, honest – dishonest, loving-hateful, etc.

Don’t waste the opportunities lead.

Don’t lose opportunities to lead people well. Think about those who you might have the slightest bit of influence over. Your words can lead them to push through something difficult or make the right decision no matter the consequences.
God has given you a voice into someone’s life, choose to lead them well. Don’t take for granted what you might consider small talk. Just because it’s small talk doesn’t mean it can’t have a big impact.

Some tips as you communicate.

Here are some questions I picked up from Craig Groeschel that can help you as you think about how to be more effective when you communicate.
  • What do you want them to know: Be as clear as possible. If it’s not clear in your mind it will not be clear in theirs.
  • What do you want them to feel: How you communicate is as important as what you communicate.
  • What do you want them to do: It’s easy to think that more is better, but not when it comes to communication. Give them one clear call to action.

Take time to pray and ask God to give you discernment so that you can take advantage of all the opportunities He gives you to lead through your communication.