Tuesday, August 27, 2013

great leaders will ...

I get to work with some great people.  Our church has had people come and go through the years, but the ones who have stuck with us have made a great difference in the lives of many people.  Learning from the leaders I serve with is something that I cherish.

Last evening our leadership team met and talked through our present state and the future.  Some of the take aways from our meeting are notes about great leaders and what those leaders do.  Each one of the points were gained from books by incredible people.  What I ask that I will and you will learn from others how to be great leaders.

Great leaders put high value on people.

Great leaders are great servants and humble.

Great leaders humble themselves and ask forgiveness.

Great leaders let others have the glory and they are good listeners.

Great leaders exhibit grace.

Grace leaders laugh at themselves.

The conversation about leading people around us was so insightful.  I learned much about myself, about other people and about the needs of the people around us.  It is an honor to lead people.  It is also a calling that God has given.  To lead like Jesus led is not easy, but the impact we will have goes far beyond what we could do on our own.

To be a great leader we have to make forgiveness or forgiving ourselves and others a choice.  Integrity is a big deal that is demonstrated by being responsible, keeping your word, being faithful in the little things and having a great attitude.  But one piece you cannot leave out is that great leaders show up.  Great leaders keep showing up over and over again.

What is it in your life or in the leaders around you that makes them great?

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God.  Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.

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