“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
What are the traits of a good leader? Well, believe it or not, a good leader does not 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…
- …lead by example,
- …admit their mistakes, and
- …recognize their followers’ strengths.
A pretty good start, I’d say.
Obviously, leaders make things happen. They bring about change. And great leaders communicate clearly their vision and goals. They have clear direction and ability to motivate others to join them. 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 of these are key traits of leadership, but what separates good 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.
Where does this kind of courage come from? 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.