At the most basic level, a leader is someone who leads other. But what makes someone a leader? What is it about being a leader that some people understand and use to their advantage? What can you do to be a leader? A great leader has ability of restoring the strength of focus and flying above all the kind of storms that may come along his/her way. In Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) it reads: "But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
Qualities of a leader
A great leader is a person who lives up to his/her commitment. Commitment is the foundation of becoming a good follower. A great number of people called themselves Christians who want to be served than to serve. There are many who aspire in leadership but very few will aspire to servant-hood. Most of the people are aspiring to become leaders and not followers. Commitment in serving the Lord found in Luke 9:57-62; “And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow you wherever you go. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has no place to lay his head. And he said to another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, first let me go and bury my father. Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow you; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said to him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Secondly, a great leader should be in a position to make things happen. A leader has a vision. Leaders see a problem that needs to be fixed or a goal that needs to be achieved. It may be something that no one else sees or simply something that no one else wants to tackle. Whatever it is, it is the focus of the leader's attention and they attack it with a single-minded determination. In Romans 8:28(NLT) it reads: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” A great leader should also influence the opinion of others, influencing the opinion of others members is a way of showing them that you have confidence in their abilities which will in turn improve their morale and faith in their own skills. One of your duties as a leader is to help people grow and improve their performance, allowing them to surpass your expectations, which is why influencing other members’ opinion is critical if you want to be effective.
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