5 Characteristics of Highly Effective Leadership Styles

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5 Characteristics of Highly Effective Leadership Styles of Christian Leaders

What are the characteristics of highly effective leadership?  Here are five repeating trademarks of highly effective workplace Christians.  

1.  Effective Leaders Fix Mistakes

While each of us must hold ourselves and others accountable to healthy standards, highly effective workplace Christians can use the mistakes of others as teaching moments. Turning failure into opportunities to help others improves themselves for the next situation.

Those who are strong leaders seek restoration, not revenge or punishment in such moments.

2.  Effective Leaders Remember the Small Stuff 

Highly productive leaders remember the small things.  They make a note or record of them, thus showing interest in others as opposed to treating others as “another number.”

People will remember you for the small things you do for them.

3.  Effective Leaders Re-Design Themselves Regularly

As I compose this article, I am in McDonald’s writing from my laptop.  From 1979-2010, I could have counted on my two hands the number of times I visited any McDonald’s anywhere.  Now, I frequent them about twice a week, consistently.  Why?  They have significantly upgraded their facilities, sell good coffee products relatively cheaply, have flat screens and upscale furnishings…and the food isn’t all bad either!  They have won me back by reinventing their image.

Highly effective leadership does the same, refusing to get stuck in the same old idle ruts.

4.  Effective Leaders Rid Themselves of Unneeded Baggage 

Those who practice effective leadership are laser-focused and willing to discard anything that is bogging down productivity and maximum effectiveness.

Even Jonah’s contemporaries understood this concept…and Jonah got tossed overboard as a result!  But he was extra baggage that came with great liability, so they got rid of him.

Starbucks went through a purging a few years ago, removing some of their food items and sandwiches from their menu.  They stick fairly closely to coffee.  Why not?  If you can sell a cup of coffee for $4.00, why fiddle with food?  They don’t, and their strategy seems to be working very well!

Highly effective Christians stay laser-focused, on the mission, and are too wise to get off in the weeds of distraction.

5.  Effective Leaders Are Good Representatives

Effective leaders speak highly of their organizations when they talk and by the way they don’t talk. How they carry themselves in the community speaks volumes.

  • They validate the claims of their faith over and over again every day at work in how they manage themselves.
  • Their personal lives do the same.
  • They are a tribute to their companies.
  • People trust them, look highly upon them, and want to interact and engage them in life.

When you are attractive, spiritually speaking, it goes well for you in life.

Compare these characteristics of highly effective workplace Christians with your life.

Do you measure up?

If so, praise God!  Is there one area or more you need to work on? Solomon said,

“Give instruction to a wise man and he will be wiser still…”  (Prov. 9:9)

So think on these 5 characteristics of highly effective leadership styles and be wiser, more efficient still as you labor for the Lord.

David Cox

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