What to look for in leaders

by | Oct 19, 2016 | Featured, Leaders

Effective leaders communicate consistently and effectively. They pay attention to group dynamics and embrace the role of being a culture creator. They champion the needs of the people they lead and inspire a share vision that is deeply rooted in the needs, dreams, and aspirations of followers.  When looking for new leaders, and seeking to get the “right people on the bus and in the right seats,” identify people who possess the following characteristics.

  1. Servants put others first and do what’s best for the organization.
  2. Team builders who know how to play well with others and build up the body of Christ.
  3. Innovators and improvers who ask “Is there a better way?” and “How can we do better?”
  4. Dreamers who see not only what’s present but what’s possible.
  5. Energizers who infuse energy into groups, celebrate successes, show appreciation, and make working together fun.
  6. Closers who pay attention to previous commitments, complete their assigned tasks, and close the loop on loose ends.
  7. Architects who develop strategies, set goals, assign people to projects and put all the pieces together.
  8. Questioners who ask the right questions, at the right times, with the right people, for the right reasons.
  9. Connectors who have a gift for pulling together the people and resources needed to get the job done.
  10. Doers who are willing to pitch in when and where needed to fulfill essential tasks.
Another essential trait, often overlooked when selecting leaders, is the aligner who seeks to discern and help others follow and fulfill God’s intentions for their church. Keep in mind that leadership is soulful and sacred work.
Which characteristics do you possess? Which characteristics “show up” in your team members? What traits might be missing, and how might you fill those gaps in the future?

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