Leadership skills cannot be bought with money. It either comes naturally or can be gained through education or mentorship. A typical leader has the innate quality of being a doer with a servant’s heart who willingly serves others no matter where he or she finds himself or herself.
The fact one is heading an organization doesn’t mean that person is a leader. Are you a leader in a leadership position? Are you nurturing others so they can fulfill their destinies? Are you impacting the lives of others in a positive way? Have you taken personal inventory of your character to see if you truly qualify as a leader or you simply enjoy others plastering a leadership title beside your name? If you haven’t, the questions below can chaperone you to an informed decision about your temperature on the leadership thermometer. The earlier you know, the better chances you have to align with your purpose and role as a leader.
Are you a leader?
1. A leader is a servant to all. If you don’t have the heart to serve others without looking for a reward, you are not yet a leader
2. If you can’t withstand criticism and can’t withstand and survive the havoc of hate speech, you are not yet a leader.
3. If you don’t have the power to forgive and forget, you are not yet a leader.
4. If you stop doing good because nobody recognizes your kind gesture, you are not yet a leader.
5. If you see your followers making mistakes, but you keep quiet saying, “If they don’t call me for advice, I will allow them to learn by experience.” Your attitude depicts that you are not yet a leader.
6. Do you have the “Pull Them Down Syndrome?” When you see someone doing better than you, what do you do, encourage or pull them down?
7. A genuine leader should not desire the downfall of his followers who are better than him or her. If you close the doors for your subordinates because you are afraid they will be far better than you, you are not yet a leader.
8. If you don’t produce your kind and remain the only champion doing great and mighty things, you are not a good leader. Remember, every good leader must have a better successor.
10. As a leader, you must feed on knowledge. Don’t be stagnant, improve yourself personally, spiritually, emotionally, professionally, mentally, relationally, sincerely, and educationally, so you can make an impact.
11. As a leader, be a ladder for others to climb to the top. Don’t pull them down. Your desire should be to make your followers better than yourself.
12. Be humble, let them learn from your mistakes. Do not watch them grope in darkness when you can guide them as light.
13. A leader should be compassionate. How can you be comfortable when your followers are living in abject poverty? What is your action telling them?
14. A leader should have the heart of a father. A father leads and ensures his family is safe. A good leader should provide for his people sacrificially without using them for his agenda
15. A leader should have the heart of a mother. When the child is sick, the mother runs helter-skelter to ensure his or her quick recovery. Why do you pretend you don’t know your followers are suffering?
16. A leader should not allow evil to prevail in the land because of personal interest. Sinful associates will want to build a nest of sin around an honest leader and entice him into it. Don’t allow that. Do what is right for conscience’s sake and leave the rest.
17. A leader should not be partial in judgment. There is always the need for honest, sincere, and forthright leaders. We always need leaders who can be fair in judgment.
18. Be a voice for the voiceless in society without fear or favor. Treat the rich and the poor alike with love and kindness. Do you have the loving heart of a leader?
19. A good leader lifts his followers to God in sincere heart-felt prayers all the time. He or she is an intercessor and has the tendency to carry the burdens of others.
20. A good leader is not selfish or greedy. Does not cheat others. Instead, he or she sees the leadership position as a privilege and doesn’t misuse it to take undue advantage of others.
Remember charity begins at home. Wherever you are placed to watch over people, strive to be a good leader with morals and the fear of God. Remember what is worth doing at all is worth doing well. Go on and wear your leadership hat well.
Celine Crowther writes from Asheville, North Carolina where she lives with her family and three pets.