Dr. Thom Rainer recently invited Selma Wilson to share her insight into The Challenges and Opportunities of Female Leadership on his podcast, Rainer on Leadership. Because this podcast episode is so relevant to those who serve in women’s ministry leadership roles, we want to be sure you have the opportunity to listen as Selma shares about lessons she has learned, experiences that have shaped her leadership, and insight into the value of women serving in various leadership roles.
Selma is the Executive leader of Organizational Development at LifeWay Christian Resources and former President of B&H Publishing Group. She has over twenty years of experience in various leadership roles. Selma loves the church, is a marriage and family counselor/speaker, an advocate for moms, a cheerleader for marriages, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, but mostly a woman transformed by Jesus.
She has served in a variety of roles at LifeWay for over 20 years and was instrumental in beginning LifeWay’s ministry to women in the church through Bible study resources and training. She is also the first woman at LifeWay to serve on the Executive Leadership Team, a role Dr. Rainer invited her to step into 5 years ago.
Here are just a few highlights from the podcast that we think are especially applicable to women’s ministry leaders:
- It matters who you put on your team. Put people around you who are stronger than you. The diversity of gifts and strengths around you make you a better leader.
- You do not want a “yes” team. Let people on your team disagree with you. You want a team who speaks truth to you.
- Get comfortable with your leadership voice. Bring your diversity of gifts to the table instead of trying to lead like someone else.
- Keep leading even in resistance. Don’t pay too much attention to critics. You want to be strategically driven, focusing on those you lead and the needs they have. Lead with the end goal in mind.
- Kingdom work is big. It’s huge and never ending. That’s why it’s important to manage your time well with structure. Put things on the calendar and plan ahead. You’re involved in ministry much of the time, but you can’t substitute time with your family.
You can find more great insights at SelmaWilson.com, where she writes about leadership, marriage and family, personal experiences and encouragement, and so much more. Also, check out The Selma on Leadership Podcast each week for encouragement to help you be successful in the place God has you—in leadership and in all areas of your life.