People can lose themselves in titles that have been assigned to them very quickly and this can often cause the people under their leadership to feel disrespected, undervalued and unappreciated. In any leadership role it is essential to remember that your title does not qualify you for the role. Your title as the lead director/ lead project manager/ youth leader/ worship leader does not mean anything if you are not actually leading your team.
There are some essential qualities that a leader should possess in order to get the best out of their team and achieve the set objectives, these include:
Jesus is the greatest leader of all time and through many events that occurred in the bible, he demonstrates these characteristics. One of the best examples of humility is when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The Son of God humbled himself and washed the feet of his followers. Can you imagine Jesus washing your feet? We would probably have the same reaction as Peter and refuse.
“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”
Peter was probably thinking how could he allow his master to wash his feet, it should have been the other way around. But Jesus refused and continued. As leaders we have to be willing to serve others.
The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Being a leader comes with great responsibility and we have to be willing to put our pride aside and not view ourselves as being ‘’bigger than’’ or ‘’better than’’ our team members.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the definition of selflessness. He gave himself up for us so that we could have abundant life.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
No human gesture can beat this act of selflessness but as leaders there will often be times when we have to put ourselves aside and make sacrifices for others. This is part of the weight that comes with being a leader.
When taking on leadership roles we need to be aware that it is not all fun and games and you will probably have to sacrifice your precious time amongst other things to achieve the set objectives.
Boldness is the absence of fear in the face of actual or potential danger. A classic example of Jesus’ boldness is in Mark 4 when disciples were afraid of the storm.
But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
As a leader there will be times when your team members feel as though they are ‘’sinking’’. This may be due to a number of reasons but as a leader you have to keep them afloat. Your ability to keep your team members afloat is rooted in your faith.
Jesus was able to speak to the waves with boldness because he was operating on the authority of the Lord. When things get rough, leaders need to be able to encourage their team mates and build their faith through the word. Therefore leaders themselves need to have their faith rooted in the word because you can’t give out what you don’t have.
Humans being humans are always looking out for each other’s faults and as a leader your behavior is always under scrutiny. Throughout Jesus’ lifetime, the religious leaders were looking for something they could call him out on but Jesus always remained confident in his actions and stood his ground.
One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God!
But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. “There are six days of the week for working,” he said to the crowd. “Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.”
But the Lord replied, “You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water? This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”
This shamed his enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did.
The religious leaders wanted to bring Jesus down, but he was able to stand tall because he had a clear understanding of his purpose and he was acting in alignment with God’s vision. There are times when you have to take a stand and make critical decisions in order for certain goals to be achieved and for the will of God to be manifested. During these times people may try to defy your leadership and question your judgement. In these instances you have to be confident in your approach and be clear about what you are doing and why you are doing it.
Above all it is important to remember that leaders are not born overnight, they are not perfect and they do not have it all together. Leaders are being moulded into their roles on a daily basis and need help, support and encouragement just as much as anyone else on the team. So as a leader don’t get frustrated if you do not have all these qualities in the bag, incorporate them into your approach daily and continue to grow and evolve into a strong leader.
Written by Bernie ❤