10 Characteristics of Good Leadership

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This is a random post, but I was thinking about leadership again today. There are many leaders I know who certainly have responsibility for an organization, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider them “good leaders”. (This is not aimed at anyone specific; so don’t read it as such. If the shoe fits…)

Therefore, here are 10 characteristics of a good leader: (in my opinion)

1. Recognizes the value in other people, so continually invests in others

2. Shares information with those in the organization.

3. Has above average character

4. Uses their influence for the good of others

5. Is skillful and competent

6. Not afraid for others to succeed (even greater than their own success)

7. Serves others expecting nothing in return.

8. Continues to learn

9. Remains accessible, approachable, and accountable to others

10. Is visionary: Thinks for the organization beyond today.

I know pastors will immediately refer me to 1 Timothy 3 or similar passages, and I certainly am not discounting those passages. They are vital to the selection process of good leaders in the church. This post is not addressing the selection perspective, but the results perspective of good leadership, in the church, but also in the world.

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21 thoughts on “10 Characteristics of Good Leadership

  1. This is good to me as a leader with this i can grow.pls how can i get more of ur matteral?

  2. I apreciate people who has the ability to lead and influence others participate in any activities for a common good. those above mentioned characteristics of a good leadership will help one improve the kind of leadership he applies. thanks for posting this great idea.

    • I apologize if I may be reading into it, but I disagree. I believe that constant delegation is a sign of poor leadership and a lack of knowledge.

      Instead of "The ability to delegate," I would recommend "The skill of project management." By managing projects, it shows that the leader is involved in the tasks of the projects, and assisting his/her team.

      If we consider Jesus as one of the greatest leaders; He is a good example of a successful micro-manager. By successful, I mean that he was able to oversee the mission while being involved in the "dirty work."

      Again, I apologize if this is what you meant. Sometimes my analytical thinking gets the best of me.

  3. This is a great post! I love stuff like this. I'd actually like to see a series of posts, or perhaps a little further explanation of these (you know me, Ron! =) What I'm saying is, I think it would be really helpful to have something like where you expand on "Recognizes the value in other people" – you might explain: "here's an example of that" – "here's an example of not doing that" "here are the benefits of it" "here's what happens when you don't recognize the value" – "here's a good way to invest in them" … etc. Really fleshing it out.

    Because, while we all might agree, "Yeah, of course that's important for a leader" we may not all know how to do it, or what it really looks like. Furthermore, we may not all be convinced it's in the top 10, but you can convince me with examples.

    But I'm not criticizing this post. Great stuff! Love your blog! I want more! Seriously, you should write a book, I think it would help lots of leaders.