This Is How I Lead is a new series on the ZOE Blog.  

We love learning from we have asked some good questions of great female leaders across the globe.  We hope it will inspire you in your own leadership!  If you have some questions for these women, post it in the comments section. 

We begin this series with one of our ZOE Partners...

Monique Shaw

Who are you?

I am  Canadian  by passport but Indian at heart! Mother of three young adults living in Asian counties and wife to a great visionary and servant-hearted husband. I love people and love to have fun! I hurt when I see people treated unjustly and without dignity.

Where do you minister?

Kolkata, India.

How long have you worked with vulnerable women? 

I have lived in Kolkata for the past 15 years and have been working with women from the sex trade for the past 9 years.

Using three words, how would you describe your leadership style? 

Christ dependent, people mover and empowerer.

How do you go about empowering women in your context?

I SEE the potential of what they can become and SPEAK that in their life. I ENCOURAGE them to believe in who they are in Christ and help them DISCOVER their gifts and purpose in life. I CHEER them on and LOVE them no matter what!

Who has been your greatest influence in your development as a leader?  (Dead or Alive)

Mother Theresa

What specific ways have you worked to develop your skills? 

Leadership books, videos. Watching and learning from other leaders. Listening to God and spending time with Him.

What is the greatest need you see in women around you?

The greatest need for  women is to truly know and experience God's love individually no matter who they are and where they come from.

If someone wanted to get involved, what could they do to help?

Internships in Kolkata at Jewels in a Crown, sell jewellery in Canada, intercessory prayer and supporting financially.

If you had one piece of advice for someone who wanted to do what you do, what would you tell them? 

Don't be afraid to say YES to God! Just trust and depend on Him and He will use you beyond what you can imagine!