Been thinking a lot about leadership lately. What qualities make good leaders and which ones don't. Lately the examples I have seen are how not to be.
While my father was never head of a big corporation or carried a big title, he is a great leader, he's a do-er leader. He's a hands on, I won't ask you to do it if I won't do it kind of leader. He's got integrity and WILL not do anything that would compromise what he knows is right, even at the risk of losing position or not attaining a great title. My dad did not embark in adventures that could have caused him stress and eventually caused him to make the wrong choice.
I look at leaders of the past, and I look at leaders today, and I look at the children who will one day become the leaders of the future. You want to know something? I'm scared. I look at leaders today who make the wrong decisions for the "right" reasons. I see that strong personalities are being mistaken for strong leadership qualities. How people talk to others is probably high on my list of traits to discover the kind of leader people are/can be. And do your actions match your words? That whole actions thing, my daughter has it completely down, boy, there are people in her life that she keeps at a distance because their actions do not match their words, and no matter how hard they try, they will never get close to her, she has a wicked action/words meter, and she will watch for a long time before she will really trust you, people mistake it for her not liking them, but really, she's just checking you out.
While I believe that I have leadership qualities, I believe I also have a lot of things that I need to work on, like my strong personality. I think that God is showing me good/not so good traits in others, helping me to refine myself for the next leg of tHis journey.
Romans 12:3-8 3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b]faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully