Visionaries: What Great Leaders Are Like And How To Become One
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, September 11 2005 19:00|
Visionaries: What Great Leaders Are Like And How To Be One
What makes a great leader? Every now and then God calls a man to a task so big that few can equal the challenge. Above all else, these leaders are visionaries. And because of them, the world spins a little smoother. What makes these men tick?
Vision -- More than anything else, great leaders are propelled by great dreams. They’re pulled along by the grip of destiny. Invariably, the force of their personalities pull us along with them.
Innovation -- Great leaders give the world “ideas” that change the existing order. They exude creativity and imagination. They embrace an uncertain future.
Sacrifice -- Great leaders deny themselves for a greater good. They’re so committed to their cause that they are willing to risk rejection.
Integrity -- At their core great leaders have unwavering character. A handshake still means everything to them. This inspires confidence.
Optimism -- Great leaders possess a passion that touches that noble impulse in each of us. They inspire us to want to be part of something bigger than ourselves.
Never Give Up -- Great leaders display unwavering belief in their mission. Against all odds they show tenacity, perseverance, and faithfulness to their call. Their motivation rests on deeply held principles, not opinion polls.
Ability -- Great leaders possess special abilities. They are men of skill—whether inventor, philosopher, theologian, scientist, artist, writer, poet, or preacher. They possess innate intelligence.
Relate to Others -- Great leaders have empathy and love for people. Their people skills include compassion, and listening. They relate to people from all walks of life.
Improbability -- Great leaders never think they are. They are marked by a profound humility. The world would not pick them. And if in their own lifetimes they become great, they are the last ones to know.
Excellence -- Great leaders demand excellence from themselves, which spurs us to be like them. Their striving for excellence is often confused with perfectionism.
Servant of Others -- Great leaders are first servant leaders. Great Christian leaders do what they do to bring glory to God. They exist to serve their God by loving and serving others.
Your brother in the battle,