#ThoughtfulLeadership: What’s on your mind?
Presented by Dr. Asha Fields Brewer
Proverbs 23: 1-7
What’s in My mind?
The brain is an amazing organ. 100 billion cells must communicate to determine who you are, what you do, and how you live. The brain is made up of three main areas, the cerebrum, the cerebellum, and the cortex.
The cerebrum has four lobes:
- The frontal lobe is involved with motor function, problem solving, judgement, impulse control, and behavior control. It is even said that a number of behavioral and personality disorders are a front lobe dysfunction. What are some “frontal lobe” issues you deal with as a leader? And with yourself?
- The temporal lobe is responsible for hearing and comprehending speech. As a leader, consider “temporal lobe”/ hearing comprehension issues among your team.
- The parietal lobe integrates information from your senses, such as touch, where you are in space, temperature, and pain. As a leader, you should always have awareness of “where” you are as a team.
- The occipital lobe is responsible for processing visual information. What do you “see” in other people? What is your vision?
The cerebellum is responsible for balance and coordination. We should be mindful to “balance” what we take on as leaders, so we can manage all we aspire to accomplish.
The brain stem is in charge of all the functions your body needs to stay alive, like breathing air, digesting food, and circulating blood.
Our brains make us the same, but our thoughts make us unique. This is where true leadership begins…
It is your uniqueness that gives you the potential to lead. People won’t follow someone just like them. People follow someone they can learn from, role model, and respect. You have something different to say, something different to add to the conversation, a different solution.
What Makes You a Leader
Well, let’s first start with what doesn’t…
- You don’t have to have a title to be a leader. Adam had no title.
- You don’t have to be a good speaker to be a leader. Moses was not a prolific speaker.
- You don’t have to have a certain level of education to be a leader. Solomon asked for his wisdom.
The key verse said, “…as a man thinketh…so is he.” Not as a man title-ith, speaketh, or degree-ith.
What makes a leader is 2 things:
- How God made you. Genesis 1:26, ” image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” God is a leader, and we are made after “‘their’ likeness.” God assigned us to leadership when he gave us dominion over His creation.
- How you think. You have to be careful here, because if you don’t think you’re a leader, you never will be. People can tell you all day that you have leadership qualities, but until YOU think so…you will never truly express your God-given leadership ability.
The first person you must lead is you, starting with what’s on your mind.
Ways to Exercise Thoughtful Leadership
- Focus on your Intellectual health. Challenge your mind. Expand your vocabulary.
Pick a leadership word and find a different synonym for it every week for a month. The synonyms should be words you’re not familiar with. Use these words as often as possible throughout your daily activities.
- Focus on Your Mental wellness. Reserve time to rest, relax, and balance your mind. Get rid of the excess with a daily brain dump.
Reflect each day, even if it’s just while brushing your teeth or showering at night. You need time to process your life experience. Process your progress as a spirit, a human being, and a leader. Keep what you need, and trash the rest.
- Focus on strategic thinking. Look forwards and work backwards. Thing down the road towards you end goals, and process the steps backwards, so you can strategically implement the steps to accomplish what you envisioned.
Use your resources by listening to broadcasts, watching videos, reading blogs, and doing other activities that sharpen your mind for where you want to be.
- Focus on a mental mentor. Who is someone you look up to and/or respect how he or she thinks? This doesn’t have to be someone you know. Watch this person, listen to this person, and challenge your mind to grow.
Select a mental mentor and dissect how they think and what they do.
- Focus on a sound mind. This speaks to your confidence. What does your mind sound like? What is the soundtrack of your thoughts? How do you speak towards yourself? God knows the thoughts He has towards you (Jeremiah 29:11), and they are positive. But what are your thoughts towards you? You have to believe in you.
Be intentional about the thoughts you have towards you. Switch “but” for “and.”