A leader is anyone who uses their gifts, talents, skills, and abilities for the good of others. A great leader will help you know how to improve yourself.
No two leaders are a like, leadership takes many forms and varies naturally from situation to situation and person to person. Some leaders are logical and methodical, others are emotional and impulsive. Although there is no one formula for effective leadership, there are certain qualities that transform how people view leadership. A grace-full leader is one whose primary concern is not style but spirit, should be grace-filled leaders, not ego-filled. If an individual is to be a grace-full leader, God must be rightly placed at the center of his or her life, work, and relation-ship. The grace of God at work in those dimensions produces a leadership difference, not a difference of style but of spirit.
Leadership is the tapestry of integrity of heart and life, words and deeds, thoughts and actions. Leaders are often held to a higher standard. A leader must be an example of honesty and dependability. Living with integrity means wholeness, completeness, and consistency. The Scripture notes: “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity” Proverb 11:3. Being a person of integrity is essential for anyone in leadership. Like leadership itself, integrity is something you are, not something you do.
Our values must be as closely integrated into our working life as they are into our family and church life. For example, if we believe that each person is made in the image of God, then for those of us who have received the gift of leadership, this belief has enormous implications. We are made in the image of God, like God.
Service is the virtue that distinguished the great of all times and which they will be remembered by. It places a mark of nobility upon its disciples. It is the dividing line which separates the two great group of the world, those who help and those who hinder, those who lift and those who lean, those who contribute and those who only consume. How much better it is to give than to receive. Service in any form is comely and beautiful.
To give encouragement, to impact sympathy, to show interest, to banish fear, to build self-confidence and awaken hope in the hearts of others, in short to love them and to show it, is to render the most precious service to God.
Such a shift in spirit will inform and enrich our leadership style in any given situation, for the truth is, people want to be led, not managed.