Today I have the chance to share some thoughts with inner-city kids in a summer leadership program. I decided to speak on a principle I wish I’d learned better during high school or college.

My exhortation to them today will be to learn their particular strengths and paths for impact, and then focus on leading within those routes.

Far too often, people grow up learning, “You can do anything you work hard to do,” whether parents, teachers, or mentors are trying to push that mantra or not. And we see certain examples of Leadership, because they’re the most public forms, far more than we see other examples. So – at least when we’re talking about spiritual leadership – it’s easy to assume that true LEADERS will end up as teaching pastors or worship leaders or some other form of upfront communicators. But in fact, there’s leadership available for every spot on the personality spectrum and for every skill God provides to people.

I just wish that idea – and tools to narrow that down for myself – had been pounded into my head during college ministry (or before).