July 2, 2012

A Word from HSLDA’s President:
Leadership Requires Wisdom, Perseverance

J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President


J. Michael Smith is president of HSLDA. He has been an advocate for homeschooling for more than 30 years. Read more >>

Fellow leaders, I recently had the privilege of sharing with a group of national homeschool leaders, and I encouraged them to seek wisdom from above—because we leaders need it! The problems we face today are more complicated than ever before, and many of the newer homeschoolers need significant help to grow in independence. There are four skills that make us more effective as leaders:

  • A continual state of gratefulness. In everything, including the apparently bad things, we are to give thanks. This gives us an opportunity to grow in character.
  • A genuine spirit of humility. We are told in the Good Book that one who is really the greatest is the servant. Servant leadership is the most effective in getting others to work with us.
  • Self-control. Keeping our anger or frustration in check is critical to being a successful leader.
  • Recognizing the worth of others. Some direct marketing companies seem to go overboard with the praise and recognition, but we can learn from them how to encourage and recognize the deserving folks in our group.

This is the calling we as leaders accept when we assume leadership in the homeschooling movement. Persevering in these areas can be hard; the key is to not grow weary in our trying and doing.

On behalf of our staff and board of directors at HSLDA, thank you for taking a leadership role in the homeschool movement and for partnering with us to protect this precious, God-given right to direct our children’s upbringing and education.