What ARE the traits of a good leader? Well, believe it or not, a good leader doesn’t think he or she has all the answers. In fact, a new study from the University of Buffalo has shown that compared to egotistical bosses, humble bosses: 1) lead by example, 2) admit their mistakes and 3) recognize their followers’ strengths. A pretty good start, I’d say.
Obviously, leaders make things happen. They bring about change. And real leaders communicate clearly what they stand for, what their goals are. They have clear direction. Leaders have an ability to motivate others to do what they want them to do. Sometimes this is for good, sometimes it is for evil. Real leaders delegate. They trust in others to get the job done. Micro-managers constantly destroy the morale of those they are called to lead.
All these are key traits of leadership, but what separates leaders from great leaders? I believe it’s one thing – courage. The courage to do what is right, to do what needs to be done, especially when the heat is on and people are grumbling and the times are hard. Great leaders have the courage to lead others to carry out their vision no matter what the cost. This courage can be found in the Lord. Leaders, God’s Word says, “Be strong and courageous.” Strength and courage – key factors to all great leadership.