Wednesday, February 25, 2009

leadership in action

Today I finished reading a book by Douglas Wilson called For Kirk and Covenant. (an excellent read for all you bookworms out there!) At the back of the book there is a list of attributes which the author suggests a leader must have/acquire. They were very thought provoking for me, so I thought others might like to read them. Here is a partial list:

1. a leader must know how to love
2. a leader revers the Lord of heaven
3. Courage is the testing point of all the virtues, and a leader must have it
4. strength of character in leadership is tempered with mercy
5. a leader must understand tenderness
6. people with gifts in leadership must also have the gift of humility
7. the one who would command obedience must himself be obedient
8. a leader is patient
9. a leader understands the importance of vision
10. a leader pours himself into his work
11. leadership begins in the home
12. a leader who loves what is right must know how to hate what is wrong
13. a leader must know how to communicate what he understands
14. a leader must understand and admit his faults and failings
15. a leader is a person who fills the call of greatness without becoming filled with himself

1 comment:

Ashley said...

Wow, thank you for posting that! I really loved number seven. How easy it is for us to forget that what we expect from others, we ought to give ourselves as well. 'Lead by example' as my dad always says.