A Couple of Leadership Questions
I was asked recently by a student at a local theology school the following questions on leadership. I thought they were interesting questions, so I wanted to post them here for you:
What is your understanding of “leadership” and what characteristics do you consider most important?
A leader must have integrity and live authentically.
A leader must embody the values he calls others to follow.
A leader must be able to inspire through words and deeds.
A leader must be patient with those he wants to take with him. Ordinarily leaders move at a pace that is faster than others. Leaders must slow down in order to bring others with them.
What are the greatest challenges facing leaders today?
Busy-ness and unfounded expectations. Too often leaders are busy with non-essentials. The reason they stay occupied with non-essentials is that often they are doing what is expected of them by their followers. Leaders must be about a core set of values/initiatives and stay with them regardless of the expectations others place upon them.