Leadership: The act of Leading
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Leaders hold the most important roles in our society. They act as an example for others, they tell others what to do, and they define how we should live our lives. With such great responsibility it becomes imperative for a leader to be not just a leader, but a great leader. There are 3 characteristics every leader can have, and must have to be a great leader. They are faith, hope, and love.
A leader who has faith believes in themselves, in others, and most importantly, in God.
They believe in themselves by challenging themselves and taking on difficult, but possible tasks to complete. Leaders with this characteristic won’t shy away from jobs or responsibility. They will do what they need to do and take the blame if they make a mistake.
A leader with faith believes in the workers and people under them. They delegate and give responsibility to others and allow others to offer input. They don’t micromanage others and they don’t create countless rules to follow. They are flexible, yet require results from people under them.
Most importantly, a leader must have faith in God. Faith that God will support them, provide for them, be the source of authority, and supplier of justice. God is the one from whom all authority is given. Keeping this in mind a leader will also stay humble. You could say that God is the ultimate leader, thus, putting for faith in Him and following his commands seems only reasonable and even logical. Wouldn’t you want to put your faith in the ‘best’ leader?
Hope is the second characteristic. Hope for the future, forward thinking, vision, and goal focused are all aspects of hope. A leader should be thinking about what their plan is for tomorrow; what their long-term goals are for both themselves and those following them. Their hope should create passion for what they do and desire to do it well. The hope that a leader has should also be spread to their followers, giving them an idea of what is to come and what the leader’s plans are for the future.
Finally, love is the last and greatest characteristic. A leader must have a love for their work, their family, their followers, and for God.
Naturally a leader who loves to lead will certainly lead better than one who doesn’t. Their love for what they do will be infective in the way it will cause those around them to work a little harder and perform a bit better. A leader’s love for what they do is vital to preventing failure and burnout.
Love for their family will be like a beacon proclaiming their true character for all to see. If a leader neglects or places their family behind other things then people will take note and recognize the leader’s lack of care for those closest to them. Yet when a leader does love their family first then many other aspects of their life will seamlessly fall in place. Those under them will respect their leader and readily follow their commands.
A leader’s love for their followers is directly related to their love for their own family. Often, a leader’s family is their first followers and when a leader is placed in charge of others, their love for their family will also change into a loving and caring attitude towards all who follow them. A leader’s love for their followers will inspire them to achieve and complete things to the best of their ability. When a leader loves his followers he will look out for their interests and, when possible, place them before his own interests. This does not mean that a leader should compromise on goals and objectives, but merely that they should take an interest in the lives of those the lead.
Lastly, a leader must love God with all their heart, soul and mind. There is much that could be said about loving God, but all that will be said here is that God is the giver of all authority, so we must follow God, and follow His commands, and the greatest of his commands is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Mat. 22:37b, NIV).
How can you improve as a leader? How can you start implementing these characteristics in your own life? The time is now, don’t wait until tomorrow, change today, and see the results forever.