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Trailblazer or Noise-maker?

By Doug Franklin March 24, 2014

LISTEN UP! DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION? Does the loudest person in the room always make the best leader? Many groups are dominated by vocal leaders who take charge, even though they aren’t the most qualified. They seem to have all the answers, but those answers usually exchange quality for quantity. So let’s cut through the noise and talk about the qualities real leaders possess. Leaders should be:

1. People of Integrity

Integrity is the ability to live out core values in an honest and consistent manner. It’s a key quality of leadership. You know those people who will unclog the toilet and change out the toilet paper roll, even when no one else is around? They have integrity. They act the same in every situation, no matter what. Leaders with integrity have our best interests at heart. We can trust what they say and believe in their dedication to the team.

2. People of Faith

Leaders with faith are sure of what they hope for and certain of what they can’t see. They take risks. And they don’t have to do things the same old way—they’re innovators. If you follow someone like this, you know you’ll always be growing. People of faith also have a strong connection to God. They trust the Father to guide their actions and the direction of the group.

3. People of Obedience 

Are you surprised to see obedience as a leadership quality? It’s a bit counter-intuitive. But any good leader should also be a follower. An obedient leader knows how to carry out commands. Every leader has someone else above them—yes, even your boss. And everyone shares a common leader: the King. An obedient leader can see the bigger picture of an organization or ministries moving parts. They delegate well because they know what it’s like to follow orders. Obedient leaders are diligent and don’t take shortcuts. That’s a comforting quality for followers that want a leader who does things right.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More