5 Marks of Effective Leaders

Leadership Factory Episode 4

What is Leadership?

“Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less.” J. Oswald Sanders

Positional Leadership is based on titles and positions of authority. It doesn’t last.

Relational Leadership is based on leading others through relational influence. It goes the distance.

5 Marks of Effective Leaders

  1. A Leader Perceives a Need.

When (Jesus) saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36

The Leader’s Prayer: “God, break my heart with the things that break your heart. Help me see people with your eyes.”

  1. A Leader Possesses a Gift.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10–11

  1. A Leader Parades their Passion.

Leaders should be the most passionate people about their cause.

Jehu said, “Come with me and see my zeal for the LORD.” 2 Kings 10:16

“Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.” John Wesley

Resources can’t make up for lack of passion, but passion can make up for a lack of resources. No obstacle or challenge will stop you if you have passion.

  1. A Leader Persuades People.

Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. 2 Corinthians 5:11

If you can fulfill the vision on your own, your vision is too small.

  1. A Leader Pursues a Purpose.

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me… Acts 20:24

Leaders refuse to live in maintenance mode but live boldly and take risks to fulfill the vision they’ve been called to achieve.

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Cole Phillips

I'm a Connector, linking people with God and with others to experience the kind of life God has planned for them. I am the founding and Lead Pastor of THE CONNECTION CHURCH in Buda, Texas. I previously served in churches around the state as youth pastor and as pastor before moving to Kyle in the Spring of 2004. I love to lead people to connect with God and those around them and thrive on changed lives. I earned a doctorate in missions and evangelism with an emphasis on church growth. My heart beats for helping people connect with God and connect with others in an authentic community of faith. I love listening to and making music. I also enjoy hanging out with my family. Pam and I have been married since 1991 and we have two daughters, Makenzie and Bethanie. We are planting our lives in Hays County and allowing God to build a great church through us.