The e-book is moving along well, thank God! Last week I featured three of the contributors for the project. Today, I’m introducing someone new.
As stated before, I believe accomplishing goals is fun, but how much more beneficial is it if you have people that can share your success.
The story continues……..
City: Plainfield, IL (suburb of Chicago)
Organization: DTurn Ministries
1. When you were growing up, is this what you thought you would be doing vocationally? If not, what did you want to do? Besides the typical desires to be a football player or basketball player, I seemed to gravitate towards Pastors and others in the ministry. I had a few older uncles that were pastors and I wanted to be like them. I grew up in the church and I thought that there might be a place for me there.
2. What’s the most different job you’ve had from what you are doing now and how did that job help you with what you are doing now? I once worked in a factory as a welder. I worked with lots of people who were different than I was. I learned that although people come from different backgrounds and have various opinions, you could still find ways to show each other respect. This particular job also taught me not to pre-judge someone based on his or her appearance.
3. Who is one person, besides Christ, who most helped to shape your leadership and how did they help you? That person would be my father. Although he is a quiet man, he leads by his example. He is always showing a consistent message of integrity and compassion. I try to follow his example in the things that I do.
4. Besides the Bible, what is one book that has most helped to shape your thought process in life and work? Releasing your Potential by Myles Munroe really helped me understand what I can accomplish in life. It’s amazing to know that in spite of all my failures and shortcomings, God still has placed greatness inside of me.
5. What do you do within your company/organization? How does it serve? DTurn Ministries is a new kid on the block. Although I have been in the ministry for almost 15 years, recently I heard a call from God to turn this world back to Christ. We look to serve in our community and abroad through practical, felt needs and also minister to the spirit-man through deliverance and healing.
6. What are three words other people would use to describe your work style/ethic? Patience, dedication, and teamwork
7. What is your greatest strength in leadership? I think that my greatest asset is the ability to stay calm, even in difficult situations. I pride myself on consciously keeping my cool. I want to be able to make decisions and give comments with a clear mind so that I won’t regret the results later.
8. What is your greatest weakness in leadership? Being too involved emotionally to make the best decision.
9. What is the hardest thing you have to do in life and/or leadership? The hardest thing is to navigate change. Change does not always happen for a bad reason, but it is still a challenge to guide yourself and others to a more profitable place.
10. If you could give one piece of advice to other young leaders from what you’ve learned by experience, what would it be? I would say that it is easier to lead when everything is going well but the real test is when things are not so rosy. Leaders have a tendency to make everything seem glamorous from the top. What needs to be seen more is the dark side, the lonely nights, and then the way to overcome them. Real life examples and experiences will yield a great harvest.