[October 30, 2023] Leader is the root word of leadership. A leader is a person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country, “the leader of a protest group”. Remember, good leadership positively impacts lives.
What qualities do leaders have to be effective? They must be a good listener. Why? Because they don’t know everything. Too many so-called leaders fall into that trap, not wanting to listen to the people.
They need people to lead. For example, Moses listened to his father-in-law Jethro when he saw Moses was trying to do all the counseling of all the people issues. Jethro told Moses to get wise men under him to deal with the smaller issues of the people. Moses obeyed. Leaders, don’t be afraid to let your staff help you lead the business or group.
Next point: leaders aren’t a “yes man.” This type of leader is not effective. I know that firsthand from my military career. Leaders are willing to be team players. They don’t want all the credit when things are going well, nor do they blame others for lack of success. Keep your ego in check.
True leaders are also not afraid to go against the grain. Barnabas chose Paul (Saul), the new convert who had a reputation for throwing followers of Jesus in jail and having them killed. Barnabas was not afraid to take him and introduce them to Paul, to a world that only knew Paul’s past. They follow God at all costs without hesitation or fear!
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