What is a leader?
Business Directory defines a leader as: A person or thing that holds a dominant or superior position within its field, and is able to exercise a highdegree of control or influence over others.
Essentially, a leader can take hold of an idea, a cause, a vision bigger than themselves, and bring others along with them. They are people who celebrate seeing those who follow them achieve and mature.
Real leaders want to see other people benefit. They don't just focus on themselves; they bring other people with them.
"A good leader motivates, doesn’t mislead, doesn’t exploit." Proverbs 16:10 MSG
Leaders who love God use their gifts, and talents. They want to lift others up, bless others, and see people transformed. This style of leadership requires humility and putting aside our own desires.
Godly leaders pursue excellence. They believe in doing the right thing and not endorse deceit or wrong.
We remember leaders who inspire us. Their influence impacts our lives.
1 Corinthians 11:1 says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ”. Paul who wrote a considerable portion of the New Testament, understood how a leader can influence for good or destruction. He understood that while a leader inspires, teaches and encourages; they also recognize that they too are learning.
If we stop learning, then we shrivel and die - mentally, emotionally and physically.
"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14 NIV
Leaders recognize the importance of taking care of themselves. They also know that caring for their team is important and they model the importance of being healthy - physically, emotionally and mentally.
"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow." James 1:2-3 NLT