To Lead Well Takes Balance
To lead well, a Great Leader finds a balance between the boldness and power of leadership, and the humility of service. That balance is found in the personal character of the shepherd.
At his core, the shepherd/leader described in Psalm 23, is both tough and tender possessing strength and prowess of body, mind and spirit to meet the physical demands of the work, reliable judgment and tenacity of spirit, with the compassion of service.
To Lead Well Reveals Goodness
The demanding work of leading exposes the qualities of goodness. It is that certain and reliable quality of the shepherd that the flock/team trusts and follows.
By definition, leading requires a leader to go ahead, to set direction and to call the team to follow.
A Great Leader dare not be timid in the face of fear-producing situations. He must be willing to take a risk.
To Lead Well Takes Courage
At his core, a Great Leader must possess a sense of certainty, the belief that he can manage any challenge, face any foe and prevail under any circumstance.
Great Leaders are intrepid, self-reliant and courageous, secure in the ability to lead and he cares and manages his team well.
To Lead Well Demands Purpose
To lead well a Great Leader leads with purpose.
There are times when the leader must provide guidance and direction to take the team through difficult times and challenges.
To lead well, a Great Leader must have a clear sense of direction, understand what needs to happen and be willing to take the risk of moving in the right direction. He must be able to articulate the mission, purpose and course of action. He must be alert and focused on the task while being clever and resourceful making the most of every opportunity.
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