What Is The Characteristic of Leadership Success?
What does success mean for leaders? Is there a leadership qualities list to check? Here is an acrostic created by John Maxwell that defines “success” found in Be All You Can Be:
S – Select Your Goal
U – Unlock Your Imprisoned Potential
C – Commit Yourself to God’s Plan
C – Chart You Course
E – Expect Problems
S – Stand Firm on Your Commitment
S – Surrender Everything to Jesus Christ
Some people show strong leadership attributes when dealing with different types of people. Some people are not good at dealing with diverse people.
Tommy Nelson in his book The 12 Essentials of Godly Success says that there are 40 ways to guarantee failure in dealing with other people. These forty statements are a great check-list for those who are trying to check their leadership attributes. As you read this list, be honest with yourself. Christian success as a leader will only take place when people are true to themselves.
To be successful in leading and working with others, you must know who you are and understand the difference between management and leadership.
1. Are you a loner?
2. Are you a bad listener?
3. Do you give your opinions before people ask?
4. Are you argumentative?
5. Are you unforgiving?
6. Do you say things to cut someone off at the knees?
7. Do you explode when you get mad?
8. Are you too blunt?
9. Do you drop the ball when people are relying on you?
10. Are you a selfish person?
11. Do you make fun of other people?
12. Are you two-faced?
13. Can you not keep a secret?
14. Are you an inflexible, controlling perfectionist?
15. Are you an insensitive person?
16. Are you unsympathetic or unfeeling?
17. Do you use other people?
18. Do you have uncontrolled anger?
19. Are you rude?
20. Do you have a critical spirit?
21. Are you a mooch?
22. Are you a liar?
23. Are you sarcastic?
24. Do you have trouble admitting you are wrong?
25. Are you a pessimist?
26. Are you inconsiderate?
27. Are you self-centered?
28. Are you overly sensitive?
29. Are you codependent?
30. Are you jealous?
31. Do you run hot and cold in relationships?
32. Are you cold?
33. Are you lazy?
34. Are you arrogant?
35. Do you raise your voice?
36. Do you slander others?
37. Do you make false promises?
38. Do you have a problem with authority?
39. Do you always think you are right?
40. Are you pompous?
This list should not be used to create negative feelings about yourself. The goal for listing these questions from Tommy Nelson’s book is to grow better skills in the area of leadership.
When we are true to ourselves, we can expect great changes in our personal development. The challenge is to tell ourselves the truth.
What kind of leader are you?
Are you a true team leader or do you practice bureaucratic leadership?
Characteristic of Leadership Quotes
“I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.” — Warren Bennis
“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”— Harry Truman
“Leadership is intentional influence.”— Michael McKinney
“The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers. … Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership.”— Gary Wills, Certain Trumpets: The Call of Leaders
“Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.”— Henry Peter Brougham, The Present State of Law, 1828
“A leader is one who influences a specific group of people to move in a God-given direction.”— J. Robert Clinton
“All Leadership is influence.”— John C. Maxwell, Injoy, Inc.
“You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.”— Sam Rayburn
“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.”— Walter Lippmann
“The function of a leader within any institution: to provide that regulation through his or her non-anxious, self-defined presence.”— Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve
“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”— Theodore Roosevelt