Almost everyone is called to lead in some capacity. A father spiritually leads the home; parents lead their child; a teacher leads the class; an employer leads employees; a pastor leads the church; a senior leads younger students. Everyone leads someone.
In whatever leadership position(s) God has placed each of us, we should strive to model Christ-like leadership. Following are 20 attributes that I believe characterize the life and leadership style of a biblical, Christ-like leader:
- He is a follower of Jesus Christ.
- He is willing to deny himself.
- He is submissive to and filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
- He possesses and practices discipline in his life.
- He reads the Word of God and good books consistently.
- He seeks, asks for, and uses God’s wisdom.
- He is sincere and deeply cares.
- He has godly friends and stays accountable.
- He knows how to forgive.
- He finds his acceptance in Jesus.
- He prays for others.
- He helps others succeed.
- He knows the difference between ambition and vision.
- He is able to articulate vision.
- He possesses a sense of urgency for God’s work.
- He stands on strong convictions.
- He is kind.
- He has a growing love for Jesus Christ.
- He loves his family.
- He loves the local church.
This list could intimidate us because none of us can embody these qualities on our own. Don’t let this list discourage you, but let it direct you to the power of God. Surely, with God’s calling comes God’s enabling. If He has called you to lead, then His power can make you what you ought to be.