11, August 2010

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Qualities of a Good Leader

‘…Seek out…men of good reputation…whom we may appoint over this business.’ Acts 6:3 NKJV

Good leaders practise four qualities. First, submission. Only a leader who has followed well knows how to lead others well. Connecting with people becomes possible because you’ve walked in their shoes. Leaders who’ve never submitted to authority tend to be proud, unrealistic and autocratic. Second, self–discipline. To make consistently good decisions requires character and self–discipline. To do otherwise is to lose control of ourselves. British essayist John Foster writes, ‘A man without decision of character can never be said to belong to himself. He belongs to whatever can make a captive of him.’ Peter writes, ‘Knowing God leads to self–control.’ (2 Peter 1:6 NLT) Third, patience. Leaders look ahead, think ahead and want to move ahead. That’s what makes them leaders. But the true goal of leadership is not to cross the finishing line first, but to take as many others with you as you can. For that reason you have to deliberately slow your pace, stay connected to your people, keep them informed and inspired, enlist the help of others to fulfil your vision, and keep going. And you can’t do that if you’re running too far ahead of everybody. Solomon writes, ‘Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.’ (Ecclesiastes 7:8 NLT) Finally, accountability. Many people feel that accountability is a willingness to explain your actions. In reality, real accountability begins long before you take action. Most wrong actions come about because we are not being accountable early enough.

SoulFood: Ruth 1–4, Luke 12:35–48, Ps 119:41–48, Pr 17:17

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