A Generation After God
10/29/14 at 05:24 PM 0 Comments

4 Key Character Traits Your Leader is Looking For in a Leader

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Stephen Swintek

When I entered into the ministry world I had this picture perfect idea that it would be an easy venture. I mean everyone’s serving Christ after all, right? We’re all on the same mission with like-minded hearts, right? And then I found myself in leadership where I quickly learned a lesson in reality; and thats that although we’ve all come to Christ everyone on their own human, earthly journey has grown up to adapt various personalities, backgrounds and perspectives. While the general culture of ministry can be been moving in alignment, things can get sticky within the operations when you’re dealing with a variety of characters. And boy have I had my share of conflict-resolution; more than I expected when I’d first entered this mission.

That being said, I like to share with you some character traits that leaders are looking for in other leaders to benefit and further our great commission; not only for the church world but your job too! Dedicate yourself to these and watch how far you go.

1. Humility- “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant” -Matthew 20:26.

I cannot stress enough how important this quality is not only in leaders but any follower of Christ. We have to recognize that we are servants of Almighty God. There’s nothing more cringing than someone entering the scene as if they are the chosen one who has all the answers and thinks that the ministry would be a mess without them. Seriously. Know how to be respectful towards your leaders as they should also show respect toward you. Fill your heart with the willingness to genuinely serve people and those around you. That is the heart of Christ. If you have a suggestion, present it humbly and yet prove yourself faithful in the position you’re in. Pride is an awful trait to carry and always comes before the fall.

2. Commitment- “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” -Colossians 3:23

You are always committing to God first. Shouldn’t that be enough to push for excellence? Sometimes between the mundane tasks and life throwing its curveballs it can be easy for people to temporarily lose site of this. Yet it’s frustrating when there’s been clear communication and a mutual agreement on the work that will be done but there’s no follow through. That means that work will most likely either fall back on your leader, on top of a million things they already have to do, or on someone else who also already has their plate full. What it comes down to is selfless thinking. Think about how a lack of commitment affects the rest of the team and the people who aren’t being reached. If you absolutely cannot do something just say so ahead of time and upfront so things can be delegated appropriately. Otherwise, Commitment is staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.

3. Positive Attitude- "Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them."- Ephesians 4:29

Someone who is able to see the good in every situation is a treasure. They’re solution-oriented instead of problem focused. They’re not constantly complaining about the issue at hand, because no ministry or organization is perfect, but they’re thinking of ways to better the circumstances. Sometimes that could easily be an encouraging word in a discouraging moment. Don’t get so production focused that you forget to be kind. We are representatives of Christ before we are anything else; and if you can’t have a love centered and positive attitude you’ve simply missed the heart of the gospel. This type of character can either help the mission rise or a lack of it will only weigh it down and possibly bring division. Negative attitudes are toxic to any organization and no one wants to be around it whether they say it or not. Keep it positive!

4. Self-Motivation- "So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless."- 1 Corinthians 15:58

The truth is that leaders value the creative ideas of those around them. They don’t have all the answers or could be caught up in the operations of things and there might be an idea that someone else has which could be a contribution unthought of! Sometimes there might be a timeline of events already going on so dont take it personal if its not adapted right away but the initiative is always appreciated and many times a great breakthrough! Also, no one wants to find themselves becoming a babysitter. When you’ve been trusted with a task be motivated enough to keep the vision in mind and see it through. A body of driven and passionate individuals in their own aspect is what makes the entire vehicle move!

If you really want to be a blessing to your church, organization or job consider these key character traits and reflect; is there an area you’ve been lacking in?

I’d love to hear back from you maybe if you’re a leader or have applied these and seen them to be fruitful in your life. Comment below!

"Brittney Moses is a young happily married wife of Jonnese Moses and mother to Austin who’s passionate about seeing this generation live on purpose. In June 2012 the Los Angeles native founded a worldwide organization called Unashamed Impact encouraging young leaders to rise to their calling and be proactive in their cities through leadership development and community outreach."

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