Qualities of Leadership

Leading the orchestra means to turn your back on the crowd… Great leaders develop others – Matthew 28:19–20 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

A leader who develops other leaders shows spiritual maturity and does not feel threatened by others. This also ensures that a legacy of real Christian leadership is left for others to follow.
Leadership is not about leading people, rather it’s about fashioning leaders…

…modeling what you preach compels others to do what they see in you!

Leaders are not dictators, they don’t order others around, they not the boss of others, they don’t try and correct others mistakes all the time – but they lead by example in doing what they preach…

A leader is a team player; therefore, in order for an individual to win, the least in the team must also win!

1) Great leaders produce results

Matthew 7:20 – ‘Therefore by their fruits you will know them.’

Leaders must achieve results. This is the vital purpose of leadership and vision. It adds credibility and substance and it brings success, reward, and recognition by Heaven.

Great leaders do not just set the example for others to follow but they also play a big role in achieving the goals they have set for themselves. Through their leadership skills, they maintain a high level of performance and are able to help keep their teams motivated even when faced with a seemingly impossible situation.

2) Great leaders are visionaries

Proverbs 29:18 – ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’

Great spiritual leaders lead by communicating their vision clearly to others. This is a vision which they have received through divine revelation and it is often a strategy for the future based on Biblical principles.

It takes courage, conviction, and commitment to follow a vision. Usually followers of visionaries accept the leader’s vision as their own. They find themselves highly motivated to attain the vision, usually without much consideration for personal gain.

3) Great leaders encourage others

1 Thessalonians 3:2 – ‘…and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the Gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith.’

While it is possible to lead without encouraging, good leaders have learned to use this important spiritual tool. Strong leaders are those who, through encouragement, can restore confidence and enthusiasm to a group of people who are discouraged and depressed and remind others that failure is not the end of the world.

Since followers are bound to fail often, the role of the encourager is crucial to the leader’s ability to maintain morale. Encouragement coming from a leader often has more impact for good than that coming from others.

4) Great leaders are people of integrity

Psalm 26:11 – ‘But as for me, I will walk in my integrity. Redeem me and be merciful to me.’

Future leaders are not made in organizations, they are groomed in homes. The credibility of a leader plays a significant part in making a person an effective leader. This usually encourages the followers also to feel highly committed and motivated to the common goals. Integrity is a Biblical standard and primarily applicable to spiritual leadership. Integrity means compliance with God’s standards of character, conduct, and righteousness.

A spiritual leader’s integrity will always come under scrutiny such as dedication to God, application of Godly principles, work and ministry accomplishments, marriage and family life, and the handling of finances.

The Word of God exhorts believers to lead a life of integrity. A great leader has integrity. They have moral soundness in every area of their lives. They are not perfect but they admit to their weaknesses and continually seek to live a life that is above reproach with integrity being a matter of the heart.

Integrity is built through making and keeping promises and commitments. It is consistency of life. God will not use a leader who lacks integrity. People are drawn to strength of character and tend to believe what strong people say. While they may feel sympathetic toward the weak, they tend not to follow them.

A leader’s determination and integrity dictate that they maintain consistency even in the face of suffering. It also means that a leader would continue to pursue the right goals and live for God even if no one else follows. Good leaders are not afraid of rejection by others because they are concerned with doing what is right and not by being followed.

5) Great leaders are merciful

Luke 6:36 – ‘Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.’

To have mercy means to have compassion. God is a God of mercy and is the source of mercy. The most important evidence of His mercy is the death of His Son, Jesus Christ, for the sins of mankind. Sometimes a leader may need mercy from someone else and therefore needs to be merciful themselves. Compassion is a great value, because it drives people to be moved from the heart and show mercy on those who lack knowledge.

6) Great leaders develop others

Matthew 28:19–20 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”

A leader who develops other leaders shows spiritual maturity and does not feel threatened by others. This also ensures that a legacy of real Christian leadership is left for others to follow.

7) Great leaders are people of excellence

Proverbs 18:9 – ‘He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.’

Romans 2:18-20 – ‘And know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law.’

A leader who has the qualities of excellence will not tolerate a lack of commitment from those they lead. God deserves excellence. According to Scripture, God’s name and His works are excellent. A spirit of excellence in a leader is a reflection of one of God’s attributes.

Excellence is regarded very highly and should be attained through service to Christ.

8) Great leaders are team builders

Strong leaders are effective at bringing others together in a team. Although the responsibilities and roles of a leader may be different, the leader needs to be seen to be part of the team working towards the goal. These kinds of leaders are not afraid to bringing people together and helping them overcome barriers to understanding, personal resentments, jealousies, and prejudice is typical work for leaders. Good leaders often engage in conflict management with peaceful results.

Team-building also means that the leader is a consensus former. The leader is able to persuade more than one person to agree about key values or directions of movement.

Group dynamics take place when leaders and followers pursue a cause single-mindedly as a well-knit team, which ultimately leads to the effectiveness of the leader.

9) Great leaders study God’s Word

Joshua 1:8 – ‘This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success..

An essential characteristic of Christian leadership is the ability to receive truth and wisdom from God’s Word. Leaders are readers. Christian leaders are devoted to the study of God’s Word. Knowing the Word of God will enable leaders to apply Biblical principles in every situation.

10) Great leaders pray

Acts 6:4 – ‘We will devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word.’

We consciously live in the reality of being more than conquerors through prayer. The weakest link in the life of a spiritual leader is probably prayer. Leaders, by their nature, are activists. They want to get things done and prayer is often seen as an interruption of the work, yet it is the most important part of getting the work done.

The discipline of prayer forms part of the life of leaders. Jesus spent long hours in prayer. He often withdrew from the crowds to a solitary place so that He could seek the Father in prayer. The leaders of the early church made important decisions unanimously after praying.

Christian leaders need to develop a strong and intimate relationship with God through daily prayer if they are going to be successful.

11) Great leaders have compassion

1 Peter 3:8 – ‘Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.’

Effective leaders create followers through their genuine, heart-felt concern for the needs, feelings, and inspirations of those they lead. They are able to build effective teams because they care about those whom they are serving as much as they care about the goals they are seeking to achieve.

Goal attainment, in the long term, is achieved if the leader cares about people in such a way that they are encouraged and united in love. Jesus demonstrated this time and again in His work with His disciples.

The true key to success lies not as much with programs and practices as it does with the quality of the relationship the leader develops with his or her followers. A true leader produces fruits / more leaders. Every Christian is called to do the works of God; and therefore, being a doer and not just a hearer of the Word of God, you are called to win the lost, lead and disciple them to also do the same (Matt.28:19). A leader brings solutions to a world filled with troubles – expressing the inner working of God in the human body outwardly – he/she is the mirror of God’s Word!