Often we are trying so hard to imitate our heroes or trying to follow in other people’s footsteps that we forget how to be ourselves. God designed you in a special, unique way, so strive to be the best version of yourself.
Selma Wilson is a counselor and speaker as well as the former Executive Leader of Organizational Development at LifeWay Christian Resources. Previously, she served as President of B&H Publishing Group. Her experience includes over twenty years in various leadership roles. Selma speaks speaks weekly on the Selma on Leadership podcast.
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One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received in ministry, and it was early on at the first church my husband and I served in, was from the pastor’s wife who said to me, “Just be you. Just be you.”
I can’t tell you how many times in the different roles I’ve had in ministry and in the workplace that that has come back to me. I think we get in trouble when we try to be somebody we’re not. Take the gifts and the experiences and all that God has put in you and settle in to yourself as a woman and as a gifted woman, as a person who has a contribution to make. It will make all the difference in the world in your leadership impact.
It’s not that you don’t grow and develop and stretch yourself, but you stretch yourself in the skin that God has given you. Not trying to be in somebody else’s skin and trying to be somebody else.
You are woman. You are gifted. So lead in that place that God has you and be all that you were designed to be.