I love this quote:
Be the kind of leader you want to follow.
What kind of leader do you want to be? That’s an important question, don’t you think?
This question, when faced with it this morning, reminded me of the following:
- Good leaders are humble.
- Good leaders use those around them to help diminish their blind spots. I’ve got them, I suspect most of us do.
- Good leaders are those who invite Holy Spirit to search them, know them, and see if there be any wicked way in them. And then, when something is revealed, they act on it.
- Good leaders inspire others to bring their best forward.
- Good leaders are multipliers of people, not diminishers of people.
- Good leaders lead with transparency, accountability, and courage. (It takes a lot of courage to stay and stand when things are not going well.)
- Good leaders acknowledge that they don’t know what they don’t know. They reach out to others who can teach or resource them.
- Good leaders are not threatened by the gifts and talents of others, they find a way to harness that.
- Good leaders grow their strengths, understand what they bring to the leadership table, and create an inviting space for those with complimentary gifts.
- Good leaders, if they lead or manage a team, are intentional to encourage, resource, bring clarity around expectations, and seek to know their individual team members in a way that is honouring.
- Good leaders stand should-to-shoulder with their team. They don’t abuse their positional power or use it in passive-aggressive or manipulating ways.
The kind of leader I want to follow is humble, self-reflective, wise, God-honouring, people-honouring, a seeker of the best in people, accountable, transparent, inspires other to become more, brings clarity to the current rally cry, encourages, invites people to lead in their area of strengths, doesn’t abuse positional authority, seeks diversity in team for the betterment of where the team is serving, doesn’t gossip or leak important information, doesn’t use others in a self-serving way, is not afraid to stand for truth and what is right, and is not afraid to stand and lead forward in turbulent times.
What kind of leader do you want to follow?
Reverend Carmen Kampman