Leadership Qualities – Part 6 Self-Awareness

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This is our final article in the series of leadership qualities (competencies).  We shall look at Self-awareness in Leadership.

Self- awareness – accurately assesses personal strengths and weaknesses and manages them effectively.

Increasing self-awareness is one of the characteristics of increasing maturity. The better a person knows him/herself, the more accurately he/she can assess areas that require personal development and the better he/she can assess his/her capabilities and inner resources (values, faith, character traits, personality, gifts, motives, emotional responses).

Self-awareness is like a window onto one’s strengths and weaknesses. There are some people who have good awareness of their strengths but find it too difficult to acknowledge their weaknesses. That ability requires self-esteem. (see last week’s leadership article) Read more

Leadership Qualities – Part 5 Self-Esteem

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The leadership quality (competency) we shall look this week is Self-esteem.

Self-esteem – respects and likes self, confident in own self-worth and capabilities.

Self-esteem is foundational to healthy relationships. When God commands us to love others as we love ourselves, the clear implication – so often missed – is that we are meant to love ourselves.

Lack of self-esteem can cripple an otherwise capable leader. Self-esteem, developed to an appropriate degree, is attractive. Too little and he/she may appear obsequious and insincere. Too much “thinking too highly of oneself” and a person appears proud. Excessive self-esteem, expressed through boastfulness and arrogance may cause a person to be critical or disdainful of others. It is often indicative of an over-compensation for what may be, in reality, poor self-esteem. Neither distortion is attractive. Read more

Leadership Qualities – Part 4 Integrity

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Today we look at Integrity in leadership.

Integrity – trustworthy and conscientious and can be relied on to act and speak with consistency and honesty.

Leaders should be noted for their truthfulness, consistency and reliability. All responsibilities are fulfilled ethically. Their actions are consistent with their spoken word.

Integrity leads to credibility. Such a person is “real” and authentic rather than appearing distant and unapproachable. Integrity generally leads to a sense of openness and the ability to admit to being “human”, to having faults and failings. Rather than undermining credibility, this vulnerability adds to it. Integrity appears to build upon good self-awareness and an understanding about what personal beliefs, values, principles and thoughts motivate them. Read more

Leadership Qualities – Part 3 Communication

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The third of six leadership qualities we shall look at is Communication.

Communication  – Gives and receives information with attentiveness, clarity, understanding and perception.

Communication in this context includes speaking, listening, reading and writing, all of which are an everyday part of the responsibilities of a leader. Communication of one kind or another is at the heart of all human interactions and almost all decisions. A person’s non-verbal behaviour – body language, attitude  – are also powerful communication tools, sending strong messages without the use of words.

Communication is the common denominator in all social skills and the person who communicates well demonstrates a combination of abilities. Read more

Leadership Qualities – Part 2 Commitment

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This week we shall look at Commitment.

Commitment – the attachment a person has when the beliefs and values, vision and mission of a person or organization are aligned with his/her own.

Beliefs and values lie at the heart of individuals and organizations. They make a person or an organization what it is. Whether they are acquired subconsciously or deliberately, beliefs and values give an individual his/her motives and life goals and an organization, its raison d’etre, vision and mission.

Commitment describes the emotional attachment people have to an individual or organization and what it stands for. Christian commitment arises from belief and trust in God and is outworked in the church, where shared commitment is expressed. Read more

Leadership Qualities – Part 1 Accountability

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In this first in a series of six articles, we shall look at accountability.

Accountability – acknowledges the need to evaluate work relationships and performance, willingly giving and receiving feedback.

All leaders receive their authority from someone and in turn are the source of authority for others. In the place where accountability should be most notable – amongst Christians – it is often most notably missing. Sometimes, Pastors, having been “called by God” believe they are accountable directly to God, not to people. Like other leaders outside the church context, Pastors do not receive their authority directly from God in order to fulfill their day-by-day responsibilities. Like all leaders, they receive their authority from those who employ them and pay their salary. This means that they are accountable to them for how well they fulfill those responsibilities. Read more