Leadership is a loaded word for me. I lived a good portion of my adult life believing that God was calling me into leadership, but not feeling affirmed by my community. Instead, I was told and believed the lie that I couldn't be a leader because I was too young, inexperienced, didn't have the right personality, and because women don't have a place in leadership. I spent a lot of time trying to do all the right things in order to be taken seriously as a leader: I went and got a masters degree, I tried to tone down my crazy personality, and I sought after the positions with the best titles. I did all of these things trying to prove myself and my worth to others. However, the Alignment Leadership community affirmed this calling within me and helped me to see that I am a leader not in spite of who I am but because of who I am. They helped me to see that my passion for helping people discover their God-given worth and gifts is more than enough to qualify me for leadership.