10 Characteristics of a Good Leader
On April 14 of this year the Center for Creative Leadership published 10 core characteristics of a good leader—
• Ability to delegate
• Sense of humor
• Positive attitude
• Ability to inspire
Which of these character qualities do you feel are strengths you possess as a leader? Which do you feel that you lack? You’ll find that there isn’t any leader who measures up fully to every quality considered invaluable when leading.
In Romans 12:8 leadership is included in a listing of spiritual gifts. However, the gift of leadership doesn’t come “fully assembled.” Personally I’m challenged to continually develop this gift through life experiences, mentoring relationships, continuous learning, and 1-on-1’s with my heavenly Father. And I’m sure it’s the same with you.
While God may have given you this amazing gift of leadership he is holding you responsible to develop this gift. Romans 12:8 reminds us, “if it (your gift) is to lead, do it diligently” (NIV). Diligence is earnest and persistent effort. Not only must we lead others with diligence but more importantly, we must diligently lead ourselves. Don’t be like the servant who did not invest the money his master had given him (Matthew 25:14-30). Unwrap your gift of leadership. Diligently develop it. Consider your strengths and weaknesses in leadership. Fill in the gaps of your abilities and characteristics with prayer, continuous learning, and significant relationships. Then put the things you are learning about yourself and leadership to use as you serve God where he has placed you.
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