Leadership is the capacity to lead. The main job of a leader is to lead. It is the leader’s job to impact, influence and inspire his or her followers. In order to do so, the leader must first conduct a reality check of the organization. This will include where the organization has been, currently is, needs to go, and the totality of the organization and leadership. This requires an honest assessment. Max Depree stated, “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” Leadership at its core is servant-hood. Leadership is not just about leading others, but also about serving. It is more about who you are than what you do
- Find their identity in Jesus and not in their title.
- Are servants who have been given an opportunity to lead.
- Are teachable.
- Are team players.
- Are self-leaders.
- Help empower their followers.
- Are good in and under authority.
- Are big vision people.
- Are accountable.
- Have ownership of the vision (vision carriers)
- Are aligned with the vision, mission, values and the culture of the organization.
- Reproduce themselves.
- Are excited and passionate
- Leaders are excited about the future.
- Are life-long learners.
Leaders are always growing in their spiritual, personal and professional lives.
Jeff O’Leary stated, “One of the great secrets of becoming a great leader-never stoping.
Leaders are always growing and developing their leadership skills. -These are the things that leaders do.