Baby Steps To Walking
Babies learn to walk one step at a time, don’t they? They learn in a progression of sequential steps. I like how the Developmental Motor Milestones Chart explains this process of learning to walk. The infant follows this general sequence:
- Lifts head
- Uses arms to lift chest
- Rolls over
- Sits without support -crawling
- Stands with support
- Pulls to stand
- Walks holding on to objects-cruising
- Stands alone
- Walks alone
adapted from: Adolph, K. E. & Robinson, S. R. (in press). The road to walking: What learning to walk tells us about development. In P. Zelazo (Ed.) Oxford handbook of developmental psychology. NY: Oxford University Press.
Are People Born Leaders?
“An eagle does not crawl because it was born to fly.” -Matshona Dhliwayo
Some people believe people are born leaders. Do you know what I believe? I believe people are born to lead. I believe intentional leaders have to be made and developed through a sequential growth process.
I like what coach Vince Lombardi says about leadership, “Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal or any goal.”
Joshua was born in Egypt under a heavy hand of the pharaoh.
According to the website Chabad.org, Jewish tradition suggests Joshua, like Moses, was also hidden in the Nile after birth to escape Pharaoh’s decree that all newborn Hebrew males be drowned in the river.
I think Joshua grew to have a unique perspective on the juxtaposition between right and wrong. Perhaps Joshua clearly saw the dance between a holy Heaven and a fallen Earth.
I think Joshua’s Hebrew tradition, roots, and culture kept him connected to the heartbeat and desire of Heavens King and Ruler, yet his being born and raised in the culturally and technologically leading nation of Egypt gave him an advantage of learning how to take the human experience of domination, growth, advancement, and leadership. I really think Joshua was the servant of Moses for a reason.
Moses and Joshua were Gods choice and He made sure to use their like-mindedness together to advance his plan to answer the cry of a nation who was weary and tired of being enslaved. Although Joshua and Moses were not the same person, they were one in purpose.
Baby Steps to Leadership
Here a few personal thoughts on the potential baby steps Joshua grew through on his journey to national leadership:
- Know who YOU are
- Have a BIG dream
- Become servant to all
- Work to stay close to your mentor
- Know your mentor’s heart & personal journey
- Understand your dream is an extension of the inspiration of your mentor
- Be absolute certain and confident when your time to lead comes
- Get the word about your dream & vision out
When Joshua specifically knew with confidence what it was he was called by God to do, he turned his face from listening to God to speaking and sharing this information with those he was called to lead.
Joshua was mediating the heart and will of God for His people. And so will you. That is what great leaders do…they mediate the between the excellent and provisional purpose and plans of God to the people. Great leaders are most often God’s spokesmen.
I want to end this thought on taking baby steps into your glorious leadership potential by sharing a quote from American Politician Adlai E Stevenson II, “It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.”