The Key To Good Leadership Is?

Ever wonder how to be a good leader? Do you look at people in your life and think that they are good leaders and you would follow them wherever they go?

When sharing with friends and family about my job and the people I work for I have worked beneath a great leader for the majority of the time I have been in my job. His performance in his job is obvious, but the reason I would follow him and continue to trust where he is leading me is one simple reason…Love. The man loves his employees and truly cares for them. But what I have seen and respect more than anything else is that he loves his family more than anything else in the world. THAT is someone I can get behind.

LOVE is the driving factor behind leadership, and one of the greatest leaders in the bible knew this well…Paul. Look how he asked Philemon to do something in his letter to him.

Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love.” Philemon 1:8-9

Paul knew that he was well respected and was an elder in the eyes of Philemon. He knew that realistically he could have told Philemon what to do (as an order) and Philemon would have more than likely done it out of respect.

But Paul didn’t order him to do it, he simply asked out of love. True leadership comes from love, not orders.

Just a couple of verses earlier, Paul compliments Philemon on the love he has shown to others.

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” Philemon 1:7

If you have such love for others that you are refreshing the hearts of others, then you will undoubtedly have people wanting to follow you. This is not easy to do. I’m guessing that you can think of a handful of people right now that you don’t exactly feel like loving at the moment. But that’s the challenge and encouragement to you today. A song by TobyMac says “I was made to love, and be loved by You” and that’s exactly right.

We were created in His image and built to love God as well as everyone we come in contact with on this earth.

GO BE A LEADER…LOVE SOMEBODY…LOVE EVERYBODY.

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Leadership Without Leverage

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So I was surfing the net today and stumbled on something I remembered writing about on leadership. Figured I would utilize them and hopefully, they will be helpful in some regard.

There was a time I was listening to one of the prominent speakers in Nigeria, Prince Bukunmi Olateru, and he was speaking on a number of different things.  But he had a section on Leadership that really caught my attention.  He brought up a few points and themed it “Leadership without Leverage.”  He spoke about how a good leader is someone who doesn’t expect anything in return and is truly a servant leader (no leverage).  The main points on leadership are as follows;

  1. Take People Where they Couldn’t Go on Their Own
  2. Rally People Towards a Better Future
  3. Galvanize People to Want to Do What Must Be Done
  4. Lead from a Position of Inspiration – not Obligation

So, while I would highly encourage you to use these throughout your life; spiritual, personal and work, I wanted to talk through these and relate them back to God and how He calls us to live our lives.

  1. Take People Where they Couldn’t Go on Their Own.
    • God calls us to “go out and make disciples” in Matthew 28:19.  I truly believe that God knew early on that there would be more than just one human being on this planet.  He knew as we have figured out that we were not meant to be alone, and we couldn’t do much of anything on our own.  He calls us to spread the love of Christ to everyone we know and shares the Gospel with those who may not have heard it.  How can we expect someone to come to know Jesus if no one ever tells them about Him?
  2. Rally People Towards a Better Future
    • I couldn’t help but think of church here.  Rallying people is what Jesus did with the disciples (Matthew 4) and what they did when Jesus sent them out (Matthew 10).  We are meant to be in community, so really those you know and have that Godly community that we should all desire.  If you know God, then you know He has the ability to give a better future, so why not share it with others and rally!
  3. Galvanize People to Want to Do What Must Be Done
    • Christianity is not meant to be boring or something you “have to do.”  Its meant to be exciting, so talk about it that way!  I think about this one in terms of serving and getting others to serve alongside you.  I see a lot of people ask people to serve in the church in a sort of apologetic tone.  But it should be the exact opposite.  Your excitement is contagious and all you have to do is share that with others and they will more than likely want to follow your lead.  Share what God has done in your life through serving and what it has meant to you.  Don’t beg others, just share the truth with them and allow God to do the work!
  4. Lead from a Position of Inspiration – Not Obligation
    • God has put you in the position you are in, whether in church, in work, or at home because He believes you are the best person for that position.  Once you truly believe that you should be inspired to lead with confidence and boldness in all you are doing.  And living in a way that is glorifying to God because He trusts you where you are.  Don’t feel obligated to God, He doesn’t ask for anything in return for saving us.  All he asks for is faith and love in Him.  Pretty good deal if you ask me.

So look through these and then step back to see what areas of your life God has you as a leader.  He wants you to lead well, and these are great things to look in order to do that.

Ajayi Olowo: A Leader’s Race To Victory

This is a sponsored post.

Barrister Ajayi Olowo is more than the next Governor of Ekiti State. He’s a model of leadership who demonstrates traits and characteristics that are essential for present day leaders and professionals.

Before and after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln confronted a variety of trials and obstacles, but remained committed to his vision to create a free nation. Just like Lincoln, Ajayi Olowo embodies many admirable qualities, two are especially relevant:

Ajayi Olowo is a master listener.

Like most leaders, Olowo dealt with conflicting views and personalities, yet he’s known as a man who listened. People were free to oppose his point of view without fear of retaliation. Of course, listening wasn’t always an indication of Olowo’s agreement. He would simply listen to competing ideas, process what he’d heard, and then respectfully make his final decision.

Ajayi Olowo is a master communicator.

Olowo is a communicator who artfully wove his vision for a new Ekiti with the priorities of his team. This is no small feat, and one executives wrestle with daily. Often, it’s difficult to make executive decisions that are best for long-term success when they conflict with short-term interests. Olowo is a speaker of the people. In other words, he simplified his vision and presented it in a way that conveyed his understanding of the people.

Having a vision is one thing, but believing that it is possible and will happen is what separates a successful leader and others.