This past weekend, I sat down with my 2015, 2016 and 2017 calendar and mapped out the Good Morning Girls Bible Reading Plan for the next 3 years. My eyes were opened.
Blogging Through the Bible is a BIG commitment. I will be doing this for a VERY long time.
And I LOVE it – it is my honor and joy to serve in this way.
So as I set the pace for the ministry God has given me to lead, I reflected on what it is going to take, to accomplish my goals.
Here is what I believe are the 6 Essential Attributes of a Leader
1.) Follow Your Passion
There is no way I could blog through the Bible for years on end, if it was not something I was passionate about.
What has God made you passionate about? Is it loving on little ones? Encouraging the sick? Mentoring teens? Leading people in worship? Teaching Bible Studies? Or Opening your home for hospitality?
Whatever God has gifted you to do, most likely your passion will be attached to that. Follow your passion, to the glory of God.
2.) Have a Vision
Passion without a vision will go nowhere. This is the part where you open a notebook and brainstorm. Make lists of what your end goals are and how you can get there.
I am not a big visionary (that might surprise you). I am more of a doer than a dreamer.
I tend to come up with ideas that are short term and try them out. If they work, I do them again. If they fail. I don’t do them again. But when you connect one idea, to another idea, to another idea – the ideas strung together make a flourishing ministry.
One example of an idea I laid out on paper and started but never followed through on, was WomenLivingWell.TV. It’s a great idea…but I do not have the time to invest in making it flourish…so for now it will sit until I pick it back up again. Another idea was the Women Living Well Conference. After the first one was completed, emails came in asking, “When’s the next conference?” The answer…there isn’t one. It was an idea. Not a long term vision. I wanted to try it to see if I liked it. It was not a right fit for this season of my life…so you won’t see another one for a very long time – if ever.
Pray. Map out your visions and ideas and if things don’t work – pray, regroup and try again or try something different. Don’t be afraid to flop.
3.) Work Hard
This is what separates the dreamers from the doers. You can have a ton of passion and vision but if you do not have a work ethic, your vision will go nowhere.
A good leader shows up. They are not allergic to work. They are willing to do whatever it takes to see the vision through. Blogging has required hundreds of late nights with blurry eyes writing and answering emails. I know that some bloggers wonder what the secret is to a successful blog…while most would answer – good content, good images, and good use of social media (and I agree with all of that)…my first thought is – you have to be a hard worker. You have to show up over and over and over and while other people may be enjoying some free time, that is not a luxury that a leader always has.
Leading is a sacrifice. And don’t forget, those who help you with your ministry or event are sacrificing too! They are counting on you to show up and come through. They will not enjoy working with a leader who is lazy and it is painfully obvious when a leader is simply delegating and taking all the credit. Work hard to the glory of God!
4.) Take Risks
As we follow our passion, create a vision and begin to work hard, we will come to road blocks. Uncertainty will inevitably rise. No one can see the future or predict if the plan on paper actually works in real life so there will be risks to take. A strong leader takes calculated risks. They are discerning, apply wisdom and seek Godly counsel…and after prayer, they step out from the pack and take a leap of faith.
I have yet to regret any risks I’ve taken in ministry. Some failed and taught me good life lessons and others soared and God gets all the glory.
5.) Be Humble
After you follow your passion, create a vision, work hard and take risks – sometimes a ministry finds its footing and does well. May we always remember who we are in God’s eyes…sinners saved by grace who live for God’s glory alone.
A prideful spirit can lead to destruction. (Proverbs 16:18) We’ve all seen the fall of great ministry leaders because they lost their integrity. Pride is the beginning of the end, for a good leader. Always keep your guard up against this temptation.
There’s an old quote that says “Don’t let people’s compliments get to your head and don’t let their criticism get your heart.” This is very true in ministry.
A good leader will follow their passion, create a vision, work hard, take risks and stay humble- to the glory of God. But it doesn’t stop there – a great leader multiplies. They mentor others and openly share their wisdom. They give other people a chance to learn the ropes. They train and equip other leaders for God’s kingdom.
“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2
Keep leading to the glory of God!
Walk with the King,
Which attribute comes easiest to you? Which one is the hardest for you?
This list is not comprehensive. What other attributes would you add to this list?