How to be a Leader: Walk on the Water, Remain on the Rock

Being a Leadership minor has its perks, and one of them is the Keurig coffee maker in the Idea Lounge. I haven’t actually used it personally, but I’ve heard good things about it.

And we can’t forget about the sweet whiteboard walls in VanZoeren 182, one of the few times in our lives in which it’s appropriate and actually encouraged to draw on the walls. Have an idea or developing a concept? Grab an Expo marker and see where the journey takes you. (Note: The Center for Faithful Leadership moved into the first floor VanZoeren Hall this year, it was previously located in the Anderson-Werkman building.)

The best part of all about the Leadership department at Hope, however, is right in its name: Center for Faithful Leadership.

Growing up, I convinced myself I would never be a leader. I was quiet, thoughtful, and vision-based. The idea of executing – and, even worse, being loud – terrified me. I thought it didn’t align with who I wanted to be, and through that, I decided it was someone I would never be.

By doing this, I put myself in a box. I placed limitations on myself that were self-defeating and untrue.

Through my experience in three Leadership classes this semester (291, 391, 231), I learned something important– we don’t have to be loud to be leaders. We just have to have faith.

We can be leaders who execute or leaders who create a vision. It takes both to lead.

What does it mean to be a faithful leader?

For my Entrepreneurship class final, our assignment was to write a reflection paper that integrated what we learned in class, how we will use entrepreneurship strategies in our everyday lives, and what it means to be a faithful entrepreneur. My essay was featured on CFL’s blog. For my answer on what it takes to be a faithful leader, you can check it out here.

I’m a different person now that I have taken these classes– In many areas, I can barely recognize the person I was before.

Tunnel Park Footsteps
[Tunnel Park] There’s always a set of footsteps that goes before us.

I’ve learned there is no fear in leading, because I am lead by a perfect love. As 1 John 4:18 states, “Perfect love drives out fear.” I will walk in that love.

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Published by Sophie Guetzko

Hey, I'm Sophie. I'm a third year college student graduating a year early, in May 2016. Follow me (I'm a Leadership minor) @hopesophie17 on Twitter and Instagram, send me an email at I'd love to chat (I'm a Communication major). While on campus, I've been involved with numerous Bible Studies, The Anchor newspaper, CFL Consulting, and recently started my own t-shirt company through the CFL Incubator program. Hope to talk soon!

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