We all want to be successful, right? I don’t know of anyone whose life goal is mediocrity. However, I do know of many business leaders who desire success without having the character traits necessary to be successful. Over the years, I’ve been asked to mentor young leaders, and I count it as an honor to do so. Today I want to share with you what I share with them. Here are five characteristics of a successful leader.
No one likes a know it all. Be willing to ask for help, especially in the areas where you’re the weakest. I have a staff because there are many moving pieces in my office—I simply can’t do everything nor would it be wise for me to do so.
Learn to ask for help when you don’t know how to do something, and to delegate those tasks to others who are gifted in that area.
Your credibility is based on what people see you saying and doing. If God watches over His Word to perform it, do you? Your credibility is directly tied to keeping your word.
Being a witness is not just what you say—it’s how you live. Your lifestyle is a witness to others. Does what you say and what you do match up?
The Holy Spirit lives inside of you, which means that the greatest helper of all is on call 24/7! We all need advisors, however, it’s also important to stop and pray first—not last. This sounds too simple, right? Yet the sad fact is that He’s trying to give Christian leaders the answers to turn around their business or to develop a new product or service. The answer to your problem can most often be found in your daily fellowship with the Father.
We’ve talked in the past about the importance of vision. Here’s where good leadership comes into play. Once you cast a vision, it’s time to communicate and inspire others to reach the vision!
Successful leaders know how to inspire their coworkers and employees. They help others see the big picture, especially when the road to success looks more like climbing a mountain than taking a leisurely walk.
5. Positive Attitude
Think of someone you know who’s always blue. Nothing in life is going their way and a rain cloud is always hanging over his or her head. Got the picture? These folks make terrible leaders! I’m not talking about giving false hope, either. There’s a difference between optimism and wishful thinking.
Successful leaders remain positive and determined about the future—even in the face of storms. If you want to lead, it’s important to remember that everyone is watching your response to challenges.
Stay focused on the good and be optimistic about the future.
Take some time this week to think about these character traits. Where are you strong? Where are you weak?
The success or failure of a leader depends upon the strength of his or her character.