In the article, Position Yourself for Leadership, these qualities of leaders are cited.

Leaders posture themselves as leaders…
  • They seem to be in control, or they take control…
  • They aren’t afraid to take a risk…
  • They are willing to go first…
  • They have battle-scarred hands from life experience…
  • They are still dreaming when everyone else is settling for mediocrity...
  • They have the latest information…
  • They appear to have a plan…
  • They have impeccable character and integrity…
  • They hold a big vision…

Which of these aspects of leadership stands out to you? Which are essential?

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Leaders do the right things--Manager just do things right. In light of this a leader must know where they are going (vision) and be willing to go there first.
Good distinction between a leader and a manager, dad.
Leaders always aim high enough, once achieved the goal everyone will benefit, and never stop. So leaders must dream when others have settled for mediocrity.
Siapenga, you said, "Leaders always aim high" and "must dream when others have settled for mediocrity." How true. Leaders see what might be. Possibilities. Dreams. And this vision can inspire others to want to be a part and follow. Thanks for sharing!

Leadership is a funny subject. There are many different types and standards of leaders inside and outside the church. Sometimes it is not about who a person is as a leader but what another person as a follower is looking for in and for themselves that dictates things - poor leaders can manipulate these things greatly.

Another thing that I think needs to be embraced more is the fact that all of us as Christians are to work towards being leaders. It may not be that we are heading a church, but actions and roles such as leading a family, raising children, mentoring/discipling those younger than us, or simply acting as a mature role model and/or witness of the faith all require us to act as strong leaders with differing expertise.    

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