I’m already sick of the constant bickering by political candidates. We have a desperate need for strong leadership in our world today. So what does that type of leadership look like? What characteristics and traits should we be looking for in our leaders? Unfortunately, I feel that many people in our country are looking at the wrong qualities for our leaders. Instead of picking leaders based on how they debate and attack others, as Christians we need to look much deeper. I spent a few minutes today thinking about the type of leader we need. These characteristics also apply to church leadership. We need someone who has ..
The key to success is humility. It’s a counter-cultural ideal, but all great leaders are humble. Humble leaders aren’t afraid to surround themselves with smart people. Humble leaders build great teams, because they don’t have to always be the center of attention. A narcissistic and prideful attitude leads to unwise decisions, but humble leaders are willing to admit when they make mistakes.
We need leaders who know right from wrong, who aren’t afraid to take unpopular stands when the cause is just. We need leaders who will give a voice to the voice-less, who will take a stand against injustice. Where does this sense of morality come from? Amazingly, we find it in the words of Scripture. The Bible has a remarkable way of helping lead us to serve others, to stand up for truth, and to do right.
Great leaders are able to articulate a vision about the future. They are able to mobilize people and motivate people to accomplish something great. We need hope, but we also need a plan. Instead of empty promises, we need leaders who are willing to work together to develop plans. We have very real problems when it comes to religious freedom, national security, and the increasing national debt (just check out this website). With a clear vision, I truly believe that leaders will be able to mobilize other leaders from both political parties to do what is needed.
John Wooden once said “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” Personal integrity is critical for leadership. Where does this come from? It comes from a firm foundation in life, and it is sustained by having strong friendships that hold you accountable for both your action and inaction. Too many leaders are enticed by the power, and it leads them down a self-destructive path.
We don’t need leaders who create drama and who are focused on attacking others. James 1:19 is the mark of a mature leader, one who is “quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.” Wise leaders listen, wise leaders work with others, and wise leaders ask questions.
Finally, one last word of caution for Christians. I know many of you are excited to display your support of a particular candidate. But remember that what you post is seen by everyone. I know I am quick to unfollow people who condemn others and who constantly post about politics. What you post can undermine your efforts to reach those who aren’t believers. Don’t let your pursuit of a candidate outpace your pursuit of God.