Does age matter when it comes to leadership? Do you need to follow a certain path in life in order to be qualified to lead? It is possible to lead by designing a life you love?
In this episode, I chat with Lilah Higgins. Despite being in her mid-twenties, Lilah runs a successful brand agency alongside of her husband. She leads in her industry, focusing on serving her clients, and she also leads in her community.
Through this interview, you’ll see that age doesn’t have to be a factor when it comes to leadership. God used young people throughout Scripture, and we discuss how leadership is more about an attitude than age.
We also discuss how to design a life you love and create your own path. And we wrap up with a powerful discussion about the value of community and doing life alongside other Christian women.
Lilah’s Leadership Journey
Lilah remembers being a follower as a child. It’s only been in the past few years that she has recognized that she is a leader.
Lilah shares about some of her key steps in her leadership journey:
- Working with a client who trusted her to do what she felt was right
- The Wake to Make Movement
Lilah’s message that she wants to share centers around freedom: to walk in what God has designed you innately to do, not what the world wants for you. This has meant doing things differently than what the traditional path might have been.
This desire to take a different path started when Lilah was growing up. She was homeschooled and had graduated by age 16. She and her husband got married at age 18 and had their kids by the time she was 21. Her husband quit his job to join Lilah in their business.It's possible to design a life you love as a leader by following the path God shows you rather than doing what others expect you to do. Click To Tweet
Lilah shares that she has felt unqualified at times due how young she is. She often goes to stories from the Bible where God used young people to remind herself that it’s not about age, but about being willing to be used by God.
Discovering Your Gifts
Lilah shares some of the ways she has discovered her gifts in her own life. She suggests the following tools:
- Spiritual gifts test
- Market research: Ask people in your life what they think you are good at. What have you helped people with that they thought was amazing but you didn’t think it was hard at all? What is fun? What is unique to you that not a lot of people are good at?
Lilah has a gift for composition and art. She shares how she demonstrated this gift even as a child, and that has led her to her career now.
There are also things that can be frustrating about how we are made. Lilah shares the things that are difficult for her about how she is wired.
We chat about how embracing our identity is a process. Lilah shares some of the ways God has been working in her to help her through this.
We talk about how our identity is not what we do but rather who we are. We discuss the importance of slowing down, stopping, and resting in who God says we are.
The Importance of Routines and Boundaries
Lilah shares the rules she’s created for her work and family life. She takes Wednesdays off entirely so that she is able to be focused on her family. She also takes a couple mental health days a month. She sets specific times for when she stops working.
Lilah shares how she needs to set up boundaries for herself more than with other people.
We also chat about setting boundaries with clients and people we lead. Lilah shares that her key has been setting the right expectations from the start. Making sure your clients know what your boundaries are from the very beginning of the relationship.
We talk about how setting boundaries actually creates freedom in many ways.
Leading and Growing in Community
God led Lilah to take on a leadership role at her local MOPS, even though she didn’t really plan on that happening. She shares the story of how this came about unexpectedly.
We talk about the importance of building in-person relationships. We chat about the importance of having mentors – both official and unofficial.
“We can’t always uncover God’s truth alone.” – Lilah
Lilah believes you need to have people who are able to speak into your life and provide an outside perspective. Lilah shares the importance of having a mentor. She recommends finding someone who does what you want to do, and ask them what their options for mentoring are (paid or unpaid).We need to be in community so that we can avoid the lies of the enemy. Click To Tweet
Lilah mentions that the enemy uses isolation to get a foothold. It’s important to have people who will call you out when you are believing the lies of the enemy.
Leaders are Learners
Lilah shares that her favorite method of learning is reading.
Books & resources mentioned by Lilah (the following are affiliate links*):
- Garden City by John Mark Comer
- Unqualified by Steven Furtick (I wrote about this book in this post).
- Boundaries by Henry Cloud
- Raising World Changers in a Changing World: How One Family Discovered the Beauty of Sacrifice and the Joy of Giving by Kristen Welch
Other things Lilah is learning:
• The importance of service: “putting the service back in service-based businesses.” People need to be served and feel like you care.
If you have an audience, you can serve them. I don’t care how small it is. – Lilah Higgins
• There’s nothing different about leaders. Leaders are people who repent over and over again. You naturally become a leader when you repent and allow God to restore you, and when you put that on repeat.
Lilah’s advice for younger leaders
- Live in 1 & 2 Timothy.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. -1 Timothy 4:12
- God picked a lot of young people to use in the Bible.
- God probably has more for you than you realize. Press into that more and ask Him.
Other Episodes Mentioned:
Connect with Lilah:
• Lilah’s personal Facebook profile
• The Higgins Creative website
• The Higgins Creative on Facebook and Instagram
• Trello Template and Training for service-based business owners
Alongside her husband, Lilah Higgins is the co-founder of The Higgins Creative, a brand agency for coaches and influencers. Taking her fine art training & strategic mind into the online space, she helps clients brand cohesively and effectively across platforms, bringing them the confidence they need to become industry leaders. Lilah is a mama to two, drinks her coffee iced, loves a good slice of ahi, and enjoys opening her home to people.
*Affiliate links mean that if you choose to make a purchase as a result of clicking on a link, I will receive a commission at no extra cost to you. This helps to support the costs of producing the podcast.
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