Lessons in Leadership: Be a Leader, Don’t Be In Charge

There’s a lot of pressure that comes with being the head of any organization. It’s one thing to be a leader under the authority of another leader; it’s another thing to be that leader in authority. Everyone looks to you for guidance; everything rides on your shoulders. You call the shots; you set the pace. Nothing gets done unless you set it in motion.

Yeah, no pressure.

CTA button for Blog UGSuch were the thoughts that ran through my head when I first became the President of the Student Government Association (SGA) here at Nyack Manhattan Campus. I knew that I was the one for the job, but that didn’t stop the uneasy thoughts from creeping up every now and then. How am I supposed to have good ideas, schedule meetings, organize agendas, execute plans, advertise events, smile for the students, and then go to class and get good grades?  How am I to live up to the responsibility of being in charge?

Here’s the first lesson I learned: I’m not in charge. God is.

I might be the leader, but He’s the one in control.

Paying homage to the former President of SGA, Rolando Rosales, who continuously submitted himself before God.

Paying homage to the former President of SGA, Rolando Rosales, who continuously submitted himself before God.

This might sound like blasphemy to control freaks, but I personally am comforted in the fact that not everything depends on my limited abilities. I know just how little I actually have to give, so handing the reigns over to one with unlimited resources sounds like a much better option. I have been given this leadership position not because of anything I have done, but solely because God has willed it (Esther 4:14). The vision of the Student Government is not ours but His, and He will see that it is carried through to the end. I am not the boss, He is, and like any good boss, He will provide me with the tools I need to fulfill all my duties as President: the strength, endurance, wisdom, patience, and everything else needed to serve the Nyack Manhattan Campus community.

I might have a lot to do this coming year as SGA President, but I have security in the fact that my God is leading me. He promises never to abandon me (Deuteronomy 31:6) and to always guide me with His skillful hands (Psalm 78:72). I don’t know about you, but that makes me breathe a little easier. The mountain of work in front of me doesn’t seem as big anymore with the God of the universe behind me.

If you’re a leader at your job, church, or even in your home, be comforted in the fact that you’re not in charge. Hand the wheel over to the God who is willing to guide you as you guide those under your influence. Scripture screams of leaders who submitted themselves to God and became so influential that their stories have been engraved into our history forever. If we as leaders submit to our leader, maybe we’ll join them too. But hey, no pressure.

Tryphena Ramcharitar

About Tryphena Ramcharitar

I'm a 22 year old girl on a never ending adventure with my God. I'm a senior at the Nyack College Manhattan Campus where I major in psychology, work in the Writing Center, and serve as President of the Student Government Association. On the rare occasion that I'm not in school, I love to play the drums, play video games, serve in the drama team at my church, and hang out with friends and family.
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