Great leaders make decisions – even the difficult ones – even the
unpopular ones. People are willing to follow them, because they know
they won’t sit on the sidelines while the world passes. They aren’t
exclusive in making decisions – great leaders encourage collaboration
– but they won’t compromise principles either. They are firm in their
convictions and willing to stand for them when others won’t.
Long-term, successful leaders don’t jump ship when times get difficult.
In fact, some would say you don’t realize you need a leader until times
are hard. These leaders confront reality head-on; leading through
needed change to a better reality. They don’t cower to pressure to
conform or fail to say what needs saying. Equally, they aren’t hogs
of attention. They don’t need to receive all the credit in order to
lead the people to victory.
Great leaders realize others matter. They know there is no leadership
without people to follow. They believe in the value of those on their team
and are willing to invest in them. They aren’t users of people, they
are people-builders. They love people and love to see them succeed.
They recognize and reward other people’s contributions.
It’s what gets a leader up in the morning ready to face another day.
They believe in their call to lead. They are zealous to see it come to reality.
They have a contagious enthusiasm. They are positive-minded and
believe and hope in the days ahead.
Great leaders are strong in what matters most – their character.
They have integrity, high morals, and qualities others can and want
to follow. And, they are consistent over time in protecting their
character to be above reproach.
Obviously, in my specific role as a pastor, these are pillars worthy of my
quest to achieve. I certainly see them in my Savior – the best leader I know
– Jesus. I’m striving to get there. I want to possess the pillars of leadership.
Who’s with me?