An excerpt from The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson.
“I was eating lunch with a friend who has a PhD in leadership development. I asked him, ‘Based in all your research and experience, what would you say is the most important secret to developing world-call leaders?’ He put his fork down. ‘Well, its not a course, a lecture or a book,’ he said. He then picked up his fork and started eating again. His answer intrigued me. I asked him to explain. ‘The single best way to develop leaders,’ he said, ‘is to take people out of their safe environment and away form the people they know, and throw them into a new arena they know little about. Way over their head, preferably. In fact, the more demanding their challenges, the more pressure and risk they face, the more likely a dynamic leader will emerge.’ At first his theory surprised me. It sounded unsafe and unkind.”
I read this and laughed thinking about my own life. I have written before about the uncomfortableness of living overseas. But through all the uncomfortable and always awkward moments I have seen how I have grown. It is during those moments of chaos and frustration that my leadership skills have emerged.
I encourage you to put yourself in an uncomfortable place. Volunteer somewhere or challenge yourself to speak to someone you normally wouldn’t. I firmly believe it is in moments like these that we grow and mature.