Over the past few weeks I've had opportunity to speak with a number of leaders from different backgrounds, experiences and settings. I've enjoyed listening to their stories, appreciated their taking time to answer my questions and have grown in my respect of them and their mission. God calls and uses a wide variety of Leaders for his purposes. Though the leaders I've met are diverse---they share a common set of core characteristics.
A Clear Call-in the face of many options and opportunities these leaders have said no to what lies outside of their calling. They are not trying to emulate, imitate or copy anyone else--they are pursuing their God given mission.
Awareness-these leaders know their strengths, weaknesses, biases and blindspots. They haven't hidden them--they speak about them openly, candidly and have asked others to speak in as well.
Maturity: their leadership path contained no shortcuts or big breaks. They have endured hardship, disappointment and have been broken. God, in his grace, is redeeming the brokeness. The pain from the past is being transformed into wisdom and insight which they share with humility.
Knowledge: they have a solid grasp of their field and its content in both depth and height. They are committed life long learners and display a passion for reading good books and having difficult and challenging conversations.
Clarity-when talking about their mission these leaders paint a picture of where they are going, what they are doing and why they are doing it. These concepts are communicated with words and phrases that are memorable and repeatable. Those on mission with them say the same things in the same way with the same words.
Passion-they are buying what they are selling, they make a compelling case and cast a clear call for others to join them. They make you want to follow them.
Plan-the mission and vision are broken down into clear next steps. The plan is written, logical, sequential, executable, and measurable.
Persistence-setbacks and obstacles do not deter these leaders from passionately pursuing the vision and mission of their unique calling. These leaders have perspective and understand that God is in control of all things, circumstances and situations.
What would you add to this list?