As we have walked pieces of the journey with church leaders over the years we have learned to spot the great ones – the ones who lead transforming churches. They differ in terms of their denominations, ages, backgrounds, leadership and preaching styles, and personalities but, remarkably, they seem to have a certain set of traits in common.
Check out our list of ten top traits of great church leaders – consider how many you already have and which you can sharpen or add on your own journey to become a transforming leader!
- Patience. The journey is long and hard; there are no shortcuts.
- A Servant Attitude. Leadership requires self-sacrifice; it is never easy.
- Humility. As you lead others on the journey, you have to put your self-interest aside.
- Resolve. It is easy to take detours but the journey requires you to move towards your mission without hesitation.
- Thick skin. Those who are on the journey will be attacked. You cannot take the attacks personally.
- Fellowship. You cannot go on the journey alone. You need people to be friends, partners, confidants along the way.
- Openness. You may be surprised by what you find. A teachable spirit is one of the greatest tools you can have as a leader.
- Faith. There will be dark moments along the way. In these moments, know that God is with you.
- Hope. While you will not know where the journey will ultimately lead you trust that it will end well, because God is good.
- Love. You cannot be effective on your journey as a transforming leader without the ultimate motivation – love of God, God’s church, and the world.