Characteristics of a good Leader

1. Good leaders have a vision:

Proverbs 29:18 says,

             “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Knowing where the people or the organization will be one, five or ten years from now is essential.  They can not lead others to a place they themselves do not know of.   Weather building a carpet cleaning business, leading the fleet of a ship or a world-wide organization for orphans and the poor; bearing a vision is useful and beneficial.  A Vision, when adhered, provides a direction and a compass for the group, but also motivation for the end result.

2. Good leaders are diligent and determined in work.

They understand that anything worth getting require lots of work.  They are constantly seeking ways to improve and enhance their skills and are open to suggestions for expanding and developing the group they lead.  They are willing to work and promote the group, but are relentless in seeking improvements.  Sometimes going without sleep and working overtime to accomplish daily tasks and assignments.

3. Leaders make initiatives.

To lead a group you must be willing to reach new heights, cover new areas, etc.  Areas that were not covered before.  By definition, a leader leads!  They go ahead and in front of a group and are not afraid to move in areas of unfamiliarity.  They chart a course and thread in territories which were sometimes never thread before.  “Leaders do not wait.” – Myles Monroe.  Sometimes they don’t know where the road will lead, but the thought of not trying far outweighs the many rewards of having pursued the endeavor.

4. Leaders stay with the “flock” they are leading.

Imagine, not knowing how to ski, being told by the instructor, “Let me show you how to ski.” However, when you’re at the top of  a very high ski slope, the instructor says, “GO ahead of me!”  Leaders take/direct/lead the people to ther destination and not simply send them there.  They maximize the training [discipleship]  involved in the process.

5. Leaders recognize fake/ Protect followers.

Sheep and Shepherd relationship are frequently used in scripture. In John 10, Jesus describes this relationship. Sheep are interesting animals, for they know their shepherd.   Jesus says that the sheep recognizes the voice of their shepherd and when a stranger come, they “will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Thieves and robbers were used to describe others who seek to imitate, and confuse followers.  Leaders, like shepherd chase off wolves and lions no matter the cost.

They live a life of accountability, determination AND moral and ethical principles.

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