For me being a leader is a responsibility and a calling. As far as we can influence someone we qualify to be leaders. This means we are obliged to be responsible leaders because we have been called by God to lead either directly or indirectly. Mankind is accountable to God for every leadership role committed unto us. Whether being an older brother or uncle or deacon or cell leader or class prefect or teaching assistant or usher you are a leader. God appoints us into all these positions. Becoming a mum or a dad is a leadership role whose employer is God.
Let every individual be obedient to those who rule over him; for no one is a ruler except by God’s permission, and our present rulers have had their rank and power assigned to them by Him. (Rom. 13:1, Weymouth)
It therefore fulfilling for a leader appointed by God to have very good qualities so as to give a good account to God. Let’s quickly look at some qualities of a good leader. This will help prune us, for us to grow into the leaders that God wants us to be.
First of all a good leader is a good manager of money and resources. Both spendthrifts and misers are potentially not good leaders. Knowing when, how and why resources must be used is a characteristic of good leaders. Good leaders know when to buy or repair, build or rent.
A good leader is a learner. I have always said that leadership ends when we stop learning. Learning from both other good leaders and followers is a sign of great leadership. One way to learn from other leaders is through reading. As the saying goes leaders are readers. Leaders can best learn from their followers if the stop seeing them as their slaves.
Another quality of a good leader is his ability to work effectively under pressure. It is one quality I keep stressing to my church members. Everybody can work under a certain amount of pressure but a true leader is unrelenting until maximum results are achieved under great pressures.
Good leaders are team builders. Many people fail because they do not work as team members. In Africa we are taught that a broom can’t be broken when together because of unity. A team, like a broom can prevail if they remain together. The leader is the rope which is used to bind the broom. A good leader binds the team and together their goal is achieved.
Finally a good leader is a record keeper. I believe this one of the most neglected part of leadership. All kinds of records must be taken. Some leaders don’t have any records of their followers or employees; where the live, their family, their bills, their health etc. All records are rather about their goals from which they will get their profits. But I am absolutely sure that maximum productivity can be achieved if the workers have sound mind.
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