4 Essential Qualities of Great Leaders

Leadership is all about people.

All great Leaders need to possess many qualities in their inner arsenal to be successful.

Here are the TOP 4 in my arsenal that I use every day.

1. Love for people! Leaders must first love the people they are called to lead or relate to in any way. Love reveals the heart. The ability to respect people comes from the love of people. As Christ loves the Church, we are commanded to love each other.

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I’ve meet many leaders who do not appear to love people and often it’s because of unhealed hurt. Everyone in life needs healthy love. When a team knows they are loved, they will sacrifice to help leaders achieve their dreams, visions, goals and mission. As 1 Cor. 13:13 says: Love is the most important thing!

2. Faith in God is essential for the vision, dream, mission or any intended purpose to be achieved. Leaders always need the confident assurance that what they hope for is going to happen, even if they can’t see it or it’s a long time coming. If it’s a God vision, dream or mission, God will cause it to happen. Leaders must inspire their team and family with faith. Faith strengthens. “Without faith it’s impossible to please God” (Heb.11:6).

With faith, what seems impossible is possible!

3. Dreams: Leaders are dreamers who interpret the dream, strategize the dream and draw others together to help fulfill the dream. Dreamers accomplish great things (Joseph, Daniel, Peter, Paul). Ask for God dreams that reveal all stages from beginning to end.

Ask for and look for a team who believes in your dreams.

4. Passion: is a force of empowered endurance. God-given passion is essential for leaders to overcome obstacles and promote the fulfillment of the dream.

Passion fuels excitement, diminishes fears and leads with a strong expectation that the mission will be successful. Christ’s passion for us is why we are here.

As the Apostle Paul said, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,  far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way (Eph. 1:19-23).

Never lose the passion!

Apply these qualities daily and continue seeking the Holy Spirit for wisdom, understanding, knowledge to be precisely the leader God has called you to be!

© John P. Kelly