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Developing Leadership Skills

By Don Loftis | 01.16.13

Effective leadership is necessary in business and government.  It is also imperative as parents raise children, elders shepherd the flock, and teachers guide their Bible classes.  Two traits are especially necessary in offering effective leadership.

First, since leadership is not accidental, leaders need to have a strong awareness and connection to those who are following.  Will Rogers said, “If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back now and then to make sure it’s still there.”  Another old adage says, “If you think you are leading and no one is following, then you are just out for a walk.”  Communication and time are key ingredients into building healthy relationships, and leadership is a relational activity.

Secondly, it is impossible to fake our character for very long.  Leaders must be genuine and lead by example.  Nowhere is that more true than in spiritual leadership.  In his book, Building Below the Waterline, Gordon MacDonald writes, “The work done below the waterline—in the leader’s soul—determines whether he or she will stand the test of time and challenge.  This work is called worship, devotion, spiritual discipline.  It’s done in quiet, where no one but God sees.”  Good leaders rarely order their troops into battle; they typically ride in front.

Paul was willing to model Christianity for the congregations he planted and to allow them to follow those patterns (I Thess. 2:9-12).  Let’s take notice of those following us, young and old, and become best ambassadors for Christ that we possibly can be.  Future generations are counting on us.

 


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  1. Benny says:

    Very well said . Excellent article Don . Thanks .

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