4 marks of an effective leader

But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.” Matt 23:11

Keep your heart with all diligence,  for out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Leaders are readers.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.”
Isaac Newton


1) I lead, you watch
This speaks of demonstration. Whether you’re learning style is being observant or not, this is where it all starts. First show them how it’s done. It doesn’t matter what area you are trying to teach.

2) I lead, you help
This is where you do less than before. It is only done half-way and because you have already demonstrated the whole thing, the student should already be familiar. At this point they will be your assistant.

3) You lead, I help
Here the roles are switched. Instead of you doing most of the work, you become the assistant.

4) You lead, I watch
The test begins. You’ll be seeing all your skills put in action and whether or not you were effective every step of the way.

Realize that you lead yourself first before you can lead anyone else. That is also part of what loving your neighbour as yourself is about. You can’t give what you don’t have. Be someone worth following. You don’t have to be in a “leadership position” to do this. Teaching a child table manners is a start. Helping a friend with a project. Giving pointers for cooking. What we miss at times is that we are leaders everyday. Even if it’s something small like directing someone towards the right path, you need not take such things for granted because the test of leadership is really the test of character.

Other posts worth reading:
Wisdom in humility: Defining real humility
Honor by Russell Mazonde
Christian leadership by Eric Hatfield
Lessons from Moses by Jenni Osborn




  1. i just read my own post, quite surprised “Celebrate all people, all your heroes! Those who stand for you and those who stand with you. Let them remember you while they still live for in the silence of the grave no memory holds substance except the regret of the living”. What was i thinking when i wrote that


  2. I really like how you point out the fundamental tenets of a leader. I also remember this saying that I learned from my Pastor in regards to humility and service; and that is– For those that want to grow in strength and power, the Leader has but one condition: “When the student is ready, the Master will appear” – meaning that a person can only be taught under a great leader provided that they come before them with a teachable spirit to learn from the master and humble themselves when being corrected. A Great ship charts its course by the rudder and travels to safe waters by a wise captain steering it. You have to be a sailor first if you want to be a Captain.


  3. Wow, great words. I really like the ending that ”it is a test of character”. Summing it up, i think leaders need to lead by example. And character is the major ingredient to do it. I mean, right character, godly character before God. Sharing over to Twitter so my friends can also read. God bless! 😉


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