New Year’s Inspiration!

January 2018

Over the past year, I have found myself in a number of situations where I have been ‘s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d’ to the extreme and left wondering if I have what it takes to ‘get the job done’!  During these times, I have learned to draw upon the many leadership (and self-leadership) lessons I have gleaned from my years as a follower of Christ.  I have had to ‘recall’ where I have been with him, what I have learned and how I have ‘pushed through’ with the Holy Spirit’s help and guidance.  For me, as a Christian, Jesus has always been the greatest and best model of leadership imaginable, especially through the ‘white knuckle’ moments of my leadership journey. 

However, I have also taken inspiration from leaders I know or may indeed, never actually get to meet from different spheres and sectors.  There are those who have gone before me, others who have stood beside me as peers and then there are those emerging leaders who follow behind.  I have found that at every stage of life, it is critical to have people we can look up to and where appropriate emulate, especially as we make our way through what often seems like leadership terrain strangely (and sometimes painfully) tailored to our growth needs.  This is especially true today, where there are also leaders who present us with so little to celebrate or admire (take your pick).  Ironically, in such circumstances ‘positive’ leadership lessons tend to be ‘negative’ and the best we can learn is what we don’t want to be, why we wouldn’t choose to behave in particular ways or how we don’t wish to be regarded.

We can, indeed, learn leadership lessons in many ways.  I particularly love lessons I can glean from the pages of the Bible and from the lives of both the well-known as well as the more obscure characters.  From the Old Testament, there is the business man Abraham; the prince turned shepherd of sheep and people, Moses; the governing giant Esther; civic and community leader Nehemiah; the prophetic politician Isaiah; the farmer cum prophet Amos and the song writer with military prowess, David.  New Testament examples are no less impressive or compelling and range from the mother of Jesus, Mary; to Peter, Paul, the Woman at the Well, Phoebe, Junia and Timothy.  I could, of course, go on…

What will it take to ‘pull you through’ the challenges and promises that lie ahead of you in the year to come?  From whom will you draw your New Year’s inspiration?

I am inspired as I read the Bible.  I continue to be inspired as I ‘read’ the lives of the many amazing leaders I am blessed to interact with on a daily basis.  Over the coming months, at Next Leadership, we will be introducing you to a number of guest writers, and invite you to engage with the leadership lessons they share.  I have no doubt that they will also inspire you to keep stepping up, speaking up and standing out in 2018 and ultimately to stay on course in pursuit of your aspirational hopes and dreams for the coming year…

Happy New Year’s Inspiration!

About the author

Kate Coleman

Kate Coleman


Rev Dr Kate Coleman is founding director of Next Leadership. She has nearly 30 years of leadership experience in the church, charity and voluntary sectors and is a mentor and coach to leaders.

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Kate Coleman

Kate Coleman


Rev Dr Kate Coleman is founding director of Next Leadership.  She has over 30 years of leadership experience in the church, charity and voluntary sectors and is a mentor and coach to leaders.

Kate recently completed a term as Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council (2012-2014), is a former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (2006-2007), and a Baptist Minister.

A popular speaker and lecturer, Kate has gained a reputation as a visionary and an inspiration to many. She is a strategic advisor who mentors, coaches and supports leaders and organisations locally, nationally and internationally. Recognised as one of the 20 most influential black Christian women leaders in the UK (, her network extends across all sectors and church denominations. Kate is author of 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership.

Her media contributions include the mainstream press, radio and TV.

Kate is a Certified Stakeholder Centered Coach and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)