7 Benefits of Being a Young Leader [Podcast]

By September 7, 2016Blog, Leadership, Podcast

In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, Doug Smith shares the 7 benefits of being a young leader.

Episode #113: 7 Benefits of Being a Young Leader

Copy of Lessons Learned from 100 Episodes of the L3 Leadership Podcast


Book Recommendation: Spiritual Leadership by J Oswald Chambers
Why I wanted to do this lesson:
  • For Young Leaders 
    • I want you to know that you’re not alone – I know there is a tension between where you are and where you’d like to be. I know you get frustrated. I know you think you could do a better job than your leaders. I know you want to change the world and are just waiting for your chance. I know. That’s why this lesson is going to be important for you to listen to!
      • John Maxwell once said, “In the beginning of life, you’re not that bad. Don’t you just want to say that sometimes? Ya know, I’m bad, but I’m not THAT bad? But, if you do things right in life, in the end, you’re not as good as people think you are. Somewhere in between those two is where you should live.”
    • I want you to know that you are in one of the most exciting seasons of your life! Don’t miss it!
    • I want you to know that if you’ll make the right decisions in this season as a young leader then you’ll get to where you need to be, and do what God called you to do. What you do today matters.

For Seasoned Leaders

    • I want you to see the value of young leaders
    • I want you to recognize where young leaders are
    • I want you to remember what it was like when you were a young leader
    • I want you to invest in young leaders
7 Benefits of Being a Young Leader
1.) You Have the Opportunity to Learn While You Don’t Have to Lead
“People who idealize the privileges of Leadership often fail to notice the Sacrifice involved.” –@JohnCMaxwell

When God gives you a chance to learn, get in the front row. -Gerald Brooks
“God is more interested in your character than your comfort. God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.” -Rick Warren
If you’re a Leader remember today: You DID NOT choose this,You were CHOSEN FOR THIS! Lead like that’s true today! -Matt Keller
2.) You Get to Build the Foundation that Will Impact the Rest of Your Life – In your teens, twenties, and early thirties, you should be discovering:
  • who you are
  • what your gifts are
  • what you’re passionate about
  • how to deal with conflict in a healthy way
  • how to relate with people with different personalities
  • how to work hard and work smart
  • how to grow through lids in our lives, how to serve
  • how to handle our money
  • how to stay fit
  • How to become emotionally healthy.
When a person is marked out for leadership, God will see to it that a person receives the necessary disciplines for effective service. -J. Oswald Chamber 
Perry Noble – Some people would rather be discovered than developed!
If you’ll handle the first half of your life correctly, the second half of your life will turn out well.
3.) Realize that You Have a lot of Time to Grow and Develop
What are you doing on a daily basis to grow? Do you have a personal growth plan?
  • What podcasts are you listening to?
  • What books are you reading?
  • What leaders are you spending time with?
  • Who is sharpening you?
4.) Seasoned Leaders Are Longing to Invest in You 
If you want to get mentored, but don’t know where to start, I developed an entire lesson describing how to develop mentor relationships here.
To attract all-star mentors you have to become all-star potential!
I also wrote a lessons that will walk you through the seasons of a mentoring relationship here. I hope these resources help will help you find the mentoring relationships you need in your life.

5.) You Have Ideas Your Company Has Not Thought of Before

You can add more value to it than you think you can! Find a place where your ideas are valued!

Craig Groeschel: You are thinking of solutions to problems some people don’t even know exist.
Craig Groeschel – Did a podcast for leading up – listening to young leaders. If you don’t care what leaders think, it’s completely unacceptable. If that’s true, then you either have the wrong people or you are the wrong leader. They are the most valuable resource you have.
You still need to earn the respect of your leaders. If you’re recognized as an all-star, as I mentioned before, your ideas will be heard. If you haven’t done the hard work of becoming a high-potential all-star, then you’re going to have a much more difficult time.
6.) You can Work Out a lot of the Issues in Your Life Now so They Won’t Hurt You and Others Later 
Joyce Meyer often says that, “As leaders we have to realize that as our influence grows, so does our ability to help people. However, as many people as we can help, we can also hurt.”
How do you work out the issues in your life in order to get healthy?
  • Following God with all your heart (He’ll deal with you about things and help you with them)
  • By surrounding yourself with Godly leaders who can tell you no, call you out, and inform you of your blind spots
  • Going to Counseling
  • Peer Support – Have friends and family around you that can walk you though some of these issues!


7.) You Have time to Serve – If I could encourage you to do anything while you’re young, it would be to get involved and start serving in a church and/or a non-profit organization.
Tony Campolo once said, “The age of youth was not meant for pleasure, but for heroic service!” 
  • You can learn while you don’t have the responsibility of leading
  • You have an opportunity to build the foundation you need for the rest of your life
  • You have a TON of time to grow and develop
  • Leaders are longing to pour into your life
  • You have ideas your company has not thought of before
  • You have an opportunity to work through your issues
  • You have time to serve
  • What benefits of being a young leader have you been taking for granted?
  • What are you doing right now to become an all star where you are at?
  • What are you learning while you don’t have to lead? What’s good? What’s bad?
  • What character issues is God working on in your life? As you look back, how has he already started shaping you?
What are some of the other benefits of being a young leader?


  • Mastermind Groups – We have small groups that meet the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month.  E-mail Doug atdougsmith@l3leadership.org if you are interested.
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