Leadership qualities may vary in the specific beliefs, tenants, and delivery; but by-and-large, there are basic components and qualities that set leaders apart and allow them to be effective. The following are 5 qualities that leaders possess.
Lead by Example: It is not only necessary, but imperative that peers know you are willing to “get in the trenches,” “roll up your sleeves,” and be willing and able to do what you ask of others. In doing so, you become like them, not over them. When colleagues and peers have a strong understanding that you are not simply delegating tasks, they are more willing to take personal responsibility in their work before asked, or emulate the completion of tasks in a manner which they think would represent the example of the leader. Matthew 20:28 NIV says, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Show, Don’t Tell: Proverbs 11:14 NIV reads, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” I have heard it said, and truly believe, that anyone can learn from other Christians; be it someone who has many years in his walk with Christ or the person who has accepted Him today. Those who have many years see the benefit of having multiple counselors. No matter who, it is best to develop an attitude of being a guide and being guided; as wisdom comes from many places. When we learn, proper guidance then becomes part of who we are and become. We can then move on to developing new leaders for their journey.
Team Building: Leaders are experts at building teams of people around them where all can be successful. Abraham was promised that he would be the “father of many nations,” (Genesis 17:4). David had a very specific number of “mighty warriors,” thirty-seven in fact, that are named ending at 2 Samuel 23:39. In 1 Timothy 2:7 NIV we see how Paul explains his mission, “And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher to the Gentiles.”
Examine Your Efforts: Paul had a longing to return to where his ministry began fourteen years earlier. He returned to Jerusalem to gauge his effectiveness. Galatians 2 is an excellent guiding chapter. Paul states in his second sentence in Galatians 2:2 NIV, “I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.”
Praise in Public: People appreciate encouraging, kind, and uplifting words. Providing public affirmation in one’s group of peers both motivates and strengthens their “emotionalmuscles.” They, in turn, will want to continue to improve. Positive affirmation becomes a delivery method to increase motivation and the result is positive change. In 1 Chronicles 29:10-13, we find David praying publicly in the “presence of the whole assembly,” (verse 10).
While there are certainly other qualities and principles that could be added to the list, the aforementioned are five that would appear in the actions of a true leader.