If you want to become a good leader, you need to have several traits to survive and thrive. First, you need to be hungry. Attend church, expect God to move… and set the example for your team both at work and in church. Be the person that’s the most on fire and hungry for God. Hunger alone isn’t enough though to effectively lead.
This is a tough one sometimes. I’ve seen many people rise up to leadership positions, and begin to think that they have it all. They know best, they know just what to do, and they don’t need your advice. Though confidence is definitely a desirable trait, this goes beyond that.
To be a good leader, you need to be humble. Once again, people look to you for how to act. If you walk around with arrogance, people will pick up on it and start acting that way too, which leads to a tricky situation where several people think they alone are right. Practice humility. Ask your supervisors for feedback, and graciously accept what they say.
One of my favorite things to do is to include others in the decision making process. Even if i think i have researched and arrived at the best option, i like to ask others in the department what they think. Often we will arrive at the same conclusion together, but more often they will think of something I failed to consider.
This week, watch yourself to make sure you are a humble leader. Don’t let arrogance and strife seep into your department. Include others in the decision-making process, so that our churches can be united and focused on what really matters – Jesus!
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