Since God had commanded it, it was necessary that I do it. Since God commanded it, even if I had a hundred fathers and mothers, even if I had been a King’s daughter, I would have gone nevertheless.
Joan of Arc

A patron saint and a heroine of France, Joan of Arc, lived with an implacable passion to fulfill her mission to liberate France from the English invaders in the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War (began in 1337). Her incandescent love for God has pushed her to press on, whatever the odds. She believed that it was God’s voice she heard one morning commanding her to push the English invaders away and crown King Charles VII. She was just Seventeen years old when she successfully led her soldiers in the battle to protect the territories of Orleans (which earned her the nickname, The Maid of Orleans). Unflustered, she would speak before the leaders who are far greater than her years and status. She said,

I am not afraid, I was born to do this and God is with me.

However, she failed in the fight against the Burgundian party in Paris that was then under British dominion. She was imprisoned, charged of heresy and would be burnt alive if proven guilty. She was not afraid to tell the truth that God spoke to her and that she had seen Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret and Saint Catherine and this meant death for her.

I would rather die than do something which I know to be a sin or to be against God’s will.
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Joan of Arc's Death at the Stake - Hermann Stilke (1843)

Photo by: Wikipedia.org

For me, leadership is a divine calling. Not everyone is called to lead. If you have been called for it, take care of that mission like a glass ball in your hand. Do not drop it, do not break it. Do not exert effort to love it, for love should have come before you were called. If things get rough, then it’s time to bow your head down and consult God who put you there (who will put you through it). If you have been dealing with difficult people in your team, be tenacious, be gracious, be fair and persevere. Do not stop until you get down to the bottom of the issue. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Do not be afraid to confront issues for you are impartial and your intention is great.

Leaders are never usually favored by all, but you are not to please people. Leadership is a mission to pursue the greater principles and common good. Do not be afraid to speak up if you know you are right and if you know that it will bring greatness to the majority. Do not boast that you are a leader because the truth is that most of them pity you. They know that you are sacrificing so much in your life. They know that you make tough decisions and you don’t always win (sucks, I know). You maybe earning more, but you wouldn’t have the time to spend them. You are as good as your last performance. Today maybe good but tomorrow may not be as good so be humble. Your success is not yours but of the people who did the legwork for you and of God, who empowered you. Continue to lead with your strength in mind and heart.

Attribute: Incandescent

References:
Joan of Arc God’s Warrior – BBC Documentary 2015
Mystery Files Joan of Arc – National Geographic
Joan of Arc – Wikipedia.org

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Learning and Culture Director at Stellar Philippines
Franelyn Saguindang Riego de Dios, MS has been in training and leadership development for more than a decade now. In earning her Master of Science in Biology degree, she joined the College of Science and Mathematics faculty of MSU-IIT and published her studies in Asia Life and Philippine Scientists Journals. For her, moving into the corporate world felt odd at first but with the scientific method and discipline in her backpack, it has become a fulfilling experience. You may also visit her personal Science & Leadership Blog Site at Leadership Genome Project. She also enjoys music (sings and plays the piano) and art (portrait sketch).
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