During my performance review for a former job at a bank my boss asked me, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Without missing a beat I replied, “In your chair!” Boy was I stupid. He didn’t appreciate that response, so much. I was in my early 20’s. He was in his 60’s and had worked a life time to get that Senior Vice President title. But, I saw real leadership characteristics in this man. He was honest, and patient, firm, directive and decisive. He loved his family, took care of his team, and never threw anybody under the bus. I wanted to be like him. I wanted to be a leader.
Of course it took me a few years to mature personally and professionally to come to a point where someone on my team shared her desire to be in leadership, “like you, Beth”. Along the way I learned a thing or two and believe you might like a chance to benefit from my mistakes, accomplishments, and observations.
Leading people in the 21st century can be daunting for anyone serious about standing out from the crowd. For believers in Christ, leadership has a deeper meaning. For those of us desiring to influence our culture for Christ this is a place to learn and discuss practical how-to lessons on leading with courage, from a Biblical perspective.
Beth Gifford is a follower of Christ, a Pastor’s wife, mom and busy business executive holding a Masters in Business Administration degree with focus on Applied Leadership. Beth is a featured speaker on living out your Christian faith in a post modern world for events in Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, and Virginia.