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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