The founder of Kondanani Children’s Village, philanthropist, businesswoman and Dutch missionary to Africa, Annie Chikhwaza is a visionary leader who has the ability to inspire others to achieve their God-given potential. In her biography, Mother of Malawi she shares many attributes that make a good leader. Some of these are listed below.
Leadership is something you are born with, to an extent, going back to my childhood, I knew how to be in charge, but leadership is also something that can be developed as we begin to see ourselves the way God sees us. I had low self-esteem at one time, but I trained myself to look at how God sees me and today I mentor others to do the same.
“but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32b)
For a vision to be successful, it’s important to have leaders who live out their vision within your wider one. They need to have their dream to achieve something significant and you need to encourage them to find a way to do this through your dream. As a leader, I see the need to give others the freedom to contribute and encourage them as they step out. This instills confidence in the team.
10 Leadership Skills
1. Have a dream and don’t let anybody stop you from fulfilling it. Be a visionary leader.
2. Ensure your dream is for the benefit of others. God blesses you to be a blessing.
3. Be passionate about your vision, entrust it to God and be sensitive to His leading.
4. See every challenge as an obstacle that needs to be overcome. You will find a way.
5. Be Fearless. Serve God in faith. He will not let you down.
6. Train up a loyal team. Empower them. Build confidence in them through delegation.
7. See yourself as God sees you and encourage others to do the same.
8. Don’t take things too seriously – see the funny side of life.
9. Encourage your team to embrace their own vision within your wider vision.
10. Turn your mess into your message, your test into a testimony.
This article is written by Annie Chikhwaza of Kondanani Children’s Village who is responsible for the livelihood of about 170 children in Malawi and a staff of about 150 people excluding volunteers. She controls a significant annual turn-over and is experienced in setting up business plans, corporate social investment proposals and fundraising. Not only does she oversee an orphanage, but also a primary school, secondary school and farm and is now building a pediatric hospital.
Annie also oversees charitable trusts in Europe: Kondanani, UK and Stichting Kondanani Nederland. She is a survivor who has an astounding testimony of overcoming life and death situations and challenges people to step out and do more for God in the face of obstacles.