Leadership greatness requires that a leader must be a living leader. It means leadership with eternal influence which continues to impact destinies while the leader is physically present and after the demise of a leader.
I like to share what makes a leader to be a living leader through the lessons learnt from the only Great Living Leader – Jesus Christ.
A Living Leader is a son of the Living God
Living leader carries the DNA of God who is the living God. He’s a leader who has a Father-son relationship with God. The life of God is seen in him. And by the Spirit of God he lives. Because of his relationship with God, his leadership impact is evergreen.
A Living Leader is empowered by the Spirit
Leadership impact that lives forever is a product of Spirit empowered leadership. When a leader is empowered by the Spirit of God, he becomes a living leader whose impact will continue to have transforming effects even after his exit.
A Living Leader is a Sacrificial Leader
Living leaders give their lives as sacrifices for the good of their people. They are like Christ in Ephesians 5:2. He gave Himself for us as an offering and sacrifice to God. Living leadership requires serving others full time with your gifts; sacrificial leaders are ready and willing to do so. Michelle Obama got it right when she said, “Service is a limitless opportunity; it is the reason why we breathe.”
A Living Leader is Faithful
Christ became a Living Leader through faithfulness. He was faithful to God who appointed Him (Hebrews 3:2). If a leader must have living legacy, he must not be found wanting in faithfulness to God who has appointed him.
A Living Leader is an Eternal Visionary
Leaders are distinguished by the scope of their visions. A leader who cannot see beyond the temporal may not be able to achieve a living legacy. But leaders who have eternal visions continue to make eternal impact.
A Living Leader reproduces himself in others
Walter Lippmann says, “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.” Living leaders don’t die; they rather reproduce themselves in others. And they achieve this by what Sam Chiyson said, “Supreme leaders determine where generations are going and develop outstanding leaders they pass the baton to.”
A Living Leader makes Timely Decisions
Truly the timing of a leader’s decision is just as important as the decision he makes. Living leaders make right decisions at the right time for the right purpose.
A Living Leader Focus on One Thing
Josh Billings said, “Be like a postage stamp – stick to one thing until you get there. Living Leaders are not committed to many things. They are always committed to one cause – which they have learnt to give their entire focus. Living leaders always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.
A Living Leader Have Direction
Great author and speaker of a blessed memory, Zig Ziglar once said “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” Indeed, living leaders don’t play down on having and following a right direction.
A Living Leader is a Fulfilled Leader
In John 17:4 Jesus said, He brought glory to God on earth by completing the work He gave Him to do. What makes a living leader is personal fulfillment that has brought glory to God by successful accomplishment of divine assignment.
I like you to desire to be a living leader – whose impact will forever be a blessing to generations. But this will require that you are the son of God, empowered by the Spirit, sacrificial, faithful, have eternal vision, reproduce yourself in others, make timely decisions, focus on one most important thing, have direction and be fulfilled.
How do you still think you can be a living leader…and not just the leader EXISTING?