Ever wondered about the ideal leader? What skills, character qualities, behaviors and attitudes are shared by those you aspire to be? I’ve asked hundreds of employees in leadership seminars and personal interviews what skills and attributes are expected, appreciated and what they want most in a leader.
The most consistent response is that employees want their leaders to be honest. Good news or bad, employees and followers expect the effective leader to tell the truth. The leader always sets the standard for integrity. Followers then follow the example.
The ideal leader is consistent. Good and challenging days are a reality. Yet, the ideal leader remains stable, predictable and upbeat without favoritism or discouragement.
The ideal leader works with a defined set of values. These values guide their decisions, goals, plans and work strategies. Every decision is focused and secured to a basic value. These values shape individual decisions and define the organization.
“Blameless”, (1 Timothy 3:2, 10, Titus 1:6-7 NKJV) is a key word for Christian Leaders. It is as relevant today as it was in Paul’s day. To be effective at church and at work, we need to be free of any hint of scandal. Integrity is critical.
“Credibility (integrity) is one of the hardest attributes to earn. And it’s the most fragile of human qualities. It’s earned minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, month-by-month, year-by–year. But, it can be lost in very short order if not attended to. We’re willing to forgive a few minor transgressions, a slip of the tongue, a misspoken word, a careless act. But there comes a time when enough is enough. And when leaders have used up all of their credibility, it’s nearly impossible to earn it back.” (Designed to Lead by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck)
The ideal leader who is honest, consistent, blameless and credible could be you.
Leadership is … striving to glorify God in everything you do.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy