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Christian Woman Leadership Podcast

143 EpisodesProduced by Esther LittlefieldWebsite

It's time for you to embrace your God-given gifts, skills, and passions and lead with confidence. Host Esther Littlefield is a pastor's wife and business owner, and she is joined by co-host Holly Cain. They discuss issues related to leading as a Christian woman, and they also interview other women w… read more


70: What to do When You Feel Surprised by or Unqualified for Leadership

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you are suddenly being placed in a leadership role that you didn’t expect? Or maybe you’ve recognized your leadership later in life and you feel unprepared for it. Has God asked you to step into a position that you feel unqualified for?


In episode 68, I went through the 5 stages of confident leadership. But for some of you, you might not struggle with the confidence part at all. You might be completely confident in God’s love for you, in who He made you to be, and what your gifts and strengths are.

But you might have found yourself in a situation you feel surprised by or unqualified for leadership. You might not have ever considered yourself a leader before, but now you’re in this role and you’re navigating it and trying to figure out how to fulfill the expectations successfully.


So how do you do this? What are some tips to help you accept your leadership role, even when you’re surprised by it or you feel unqualified for it?


In this episode, I’m sharing 3 things you can do to help you step into a leadership role you did not expect or anticipate. Plus I’m giving you some very practical actions you can take in order to move forward in your leadership.


For the full show notes for this episode, visit

  Key Points Discussed:
  • Remember that God has brought you to this place. 
  • Find a mentor
  • Develop your leadership skills
    • Take the Confident Leader Stages quiz.
    • Take the strengths finder assessment. 
    • Ask for feedback.
    • Determine what leadership skills you want to develop.
  • A final word of encouragement.


Quotes from the Episode:

“God often puts us into places and roles that we do not feel qualified or ready for so that we learn to trust and rely on His strength.”

“Do not shrink back or decline this calling or role God has given you. Step into it.” 


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