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10 Characteristics of Good Leadership

By February 25, 2009November 2nd, 2010Business, Church, Innovation, 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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