In the world but not of it

July 24, 2010

Leadership qualities…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

The topic of leadership is written about on a regular basis by both Christian and secular authors. There is much to say on this topic because of the lack of it in our world and the results it leads to when it is not performed well. Equally, when we are blessed with great leadership from someone, great results and reward come with it.

The Bible also speaks volumes on the topic, giving us several stories of certain leaders, both good and bad. In Proverbs we are given specific characteristics of a good leader that, if we practice, will provide the basic foundation of the leadership qualities we desire in ourselves and in others.

Leaders are willing to get input from others around them before taking a decision…

Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers. Proverbs 11:14

Leaders are not afraid of hard work but put in the time needed and lead by example…

Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave. Proverbs 12:24

Leaders honor those around them that have integrity and display honesty…

It is wrong to punish the godly for being good or to flog leaders for being honest. Proverbs 17:26

Leaders listen first before answering quickly…

Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish. Proverbs 18:13

Leaders know what they don’t know and are willing to learn…

Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge. Proverbs 18:15

Leaders consider all sides of the story before passing judgment…

The first to speak in court sounds right until the cross-examination begins. Proverbs 18:17

Leaders are “thick-skinned” – realizing that pressure is part of the process…

If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small. Proverbs 24:10

Leaders realize that “flattery gets them nowhere”…

Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised. Proverbs 27:21

Leaders lead…

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