Characteristics of a Leader
It has been said: “A leader is one who knows the way…goes the way…and shows the way.” Leaders must know how to inspire and motivate, how to bring out the best in others, and how to rally people to accomplish significant pursuits.
To be prepared is half the victory. Without preparation there is sure to be failure. Abraham Lincoln said, “If I had eight hours to cut down a tree, I’d sped six sharpening my ax.” Benjamin Disraeli, former prime minister of Great Britain: “The secret for success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”
Ability to Set Priorities:
A good leader will treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important, choosing the significant over the trivial. A good leader will refuse to relinquish the best and settle for just the good. Rather than yield to the urgent, they will devote themselves to the important.
Persistence: Constancy to Purpose
A good leader begins with an unwavering belief in what he is doing and refuses to quit, pressing on in spite of setbacks and roadblocks. Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. In a race, it doesn’t matter who starts, but who finishes. Those who persist, prevail.
A spirit of gentleness and warmth, trust and compassion is paramount, An active commitment to releasing that spirit through deeds is essential. People who make a difference demonstrate with their words and actions a love for the people they are around.
Passion: Unremitting Devotion to the Things You Want to see Happen
It has been said: “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” Passion, enthusiasm, commitment, intensity, fervor, and zeal have always been the driving force of effective leaders. Too many people are indifferent about what they do. A burning conviction and contagious enthusiasm that originates with God will always take root in receptive hearts. People will rally around passionate leaders with a compelling vision and purpose. Those who are passionate about a cause will always have a following.
by Anthony Mangun