by Kelly Suazo-Davis
Whether an employee or business owner, an executive or a student intern, as women of faith we are charged to uphold, display, and practice our belief in the workplace. At times this can be daunting. Still, it is vital not to allow the noise of the world or workplace to derail our impact, influence, and purpose. God has called us to advance His kingdom and tenaciously love on people.
From God’s Word, we know that what we do matters (James 2:18, 22) and that we all have the potential to lead and influence others. When we recognize and accept our innate God-given influence, we are poised to become the leaders God has called us to be.
To help fuel your leadership skills and capacity, allow the following leadership tips to strengthen and affirm your leadership impact at every level.
What is your prayer routine? What makes your prayer life fruitful? When do you spend time in God’s Word? What role does worship play in your daily and weekly rhythm?
We are invited to block out time to spend with Jesus to cultivate a relationship. It is through prayer, worship, and study that you will grow the roots to receive the purposes God has for your life. Lay all worries, doubts, anxieties at His feet. Learn more from God’s Word about what faith-fueled leadership looks like, and seek God’s guidance for your professional performance.
Have you given the opinions and criticism of others too much power over yourself? How can you remain focused on the purposes God has set before you?
It may not be easy to ignore the critics and naysayers, but we are in a leadership role to get the job done. God has equipped us with unique gifts, talents, passions, and assignments to serve others. What matters most is what God says about you and the purposes He has for your life.
How do we prepare for the challenges of leadership? What weapons would one pack for war? What armor does one wear to preserve their life?
God’s Word serves as an armor to live boldly and victoriously (Ephesians 6:10-20). Our Heavenly Father knows that His followers will experience leadership challenges. However, His Word provides the comfort and guidance to persevere and overcome. You will need to answer complex questions, tackle leadership hurdles, and disrupt the status quo with grace and grit. And by putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:13), you will be ready for whatever comes your way.
Ultimately, embracing a faith-fueled leadership style requires discipline, tenacity, and focus—all while serving others. As leaders, we must diligently seek out time with God, silence the distractions around us, and prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead. When we do so, we have the opportunity to not only positively impact our workplace, but our families, communities, and world.
Kelly Suazo-Davis, MA, is the Founder and CEO of Anchor In. Her life's mission is to equip, educate, and help people (especially women) through personal and professional coaching to discover purpose and unlock potential. Kelly loves being a wife, mom of two spectacular young adults, and their two busy fur babies. Kelly enjoys serving families in the church, military, and local community. You can connect with Kelly on Instagram.