Recently I was challenged on what makes me a leader. What qualities do I have that makes me a leader in Christ? Am I showing others by example on how to be a good and humble leader?
Leadership is defined by leading a group of people or an organization. A leader is someone who guides, directs, and influences those around him or her. Christian leadership is defined as a “dynamic relational process in which people, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, partner to achieve a common goal — it is serving others by leading and leading others by serving” (www.andrews.edu). Re-read the Christian version of leadership. Wow! “It is serving others by leading and leading others by serving.” Everyone serves others, no matter if you are a leader or a follower. We all have different roles to make the group / organization successful. It’s team effort! It’s all about serving and being an example for others to see.
The qualities of a leader are:
Integrity – Honesty
Appreciation – Compliment those who are following you
Strategy – Planning / Success
Humility – Humble
Passionate – Love what you do with all your heart / Believe in it
Inspiration – Inspire others by example
Commitment – Remain loyal to your words and actions
Responsibility – Don’t make excuses
Listening – Be a listening ear to those who are hurting
Principles – Structure for the group
Communication – Know your followers
Values / Morals – Stay true to yourself
Purpose / Vision – Focus and Success
Determination – Never give up
Motivation – Motivate and rally those around you
“Great leaders inspire greatness in others.”
Anyone can be a leader! You do not have to be bold and in front to be a leader. God wants us to be a light to those around us. Mentoring someone one-on-one is a leader. Helping others is being a leader.
In the Bible, God describes what a good humble leader looks like. John 10:11 says we need to take care of the people around us — to be good shepherds in Christ. Corinthians 11:1 says we lead by example. What we do matters! What we say matters! Galatians 6:2 talks about the Fruit of the Spirit. We must have good character and morals to lead successfully. We must live pure and holy lives to be a good Christian leader.
The next time someone says you do not have what it takes to be a leader, remember that God called all of us to be leaders. Our calling is to make a difference in someone’s life. Leadership is a rewarding position to be in and be honored that God entrust you with such a task! Lead like a good shepherd and stay humble in whatever God ask you to do!