Qualities of A Leader
by Wayne Dawson

For most Americans the month of November is a month of change.

Leaves change from green to autumn, and fall gracefully to the ground below.

Cold rain crystallizes into flakes of glistening, and the temperature drops, as summer becomes a distant memory.

In addition to nature's changes, November also brings changes in government. Leaders are elected to positions of authority, with the responsibility of helping to make ours a better city, a better state, indeed a better nation in which to live.

With that in mind, when it comes to electing our leaders its important to know what they stand for and if they have what it takes to do the job. A careful study of the lives of effective leaders in the Bible, reveals some basic ingredients that they all share.

They include the following:

PURPOSE: A leader has a clear guiding vision that engenders persistence and perseverance, even in the face of setbacks and failures. Indeed Moses, despite 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, was determined to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land, it was his purpose, even though he never lived to see it happened.

PASSION: A leader has a deep controlling desire, that makes his purpose a love affair with destiny. A leader loves what he does and loves doing it. Jesus expressed this when he stated, "For this cause (purpose) came I into the world".

INTEGRITY: A leader knows his strengths and his shortcomings and deals with them directly. He is one who knows who is and whose he is, and he knows where to go in times of weakness and uncertainty. When Solomon became king of Israel, he asked the Lord for an "understanding heart", so he could "discern between good and evil." With that the Lord granted him great wisdom. Leaders must know their strength comes from the Lord, and they must depend on Him day and night.

TRUST: A leader is an individual whose character has been tested, proven and established as being faithful and trustworthy. The Lord "trusted Joshua with the job of leading His people into the Promised Land. God trusted him because Joshua's attitude was by these words, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15).

DARING: To a leader, life is an adventure. Leaders are willing to challenge tradition and experiment with new ideas. Leaders do not worry about failure, because they know failure is never fatal, and defeats and setbacks are only lessons in disguise.

But perhaps the most important quality of a leader is that he must actually be a follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Indeed He is the only one who can lead us from a world of moral darkness, to the joy of everlasting life.

Wayne Dawson is the co-anchor of Fox 8 News in the morning. He is a 21-year veteran of television news and a life long Christian. Wayne views his work on Fox 8 as his ministry and he uses his position to tell people about God's forgiving grace through Jesus Christ. Wayne is also working on his Masters in Theology at the Trinity Bible College in Indiana.

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