It’s important for every leader to know exactly what is required to be a great leader. Truth is that great leaders can easily be recognized when you see them. And like I shared with you in the first part of this post, few things are more important in leadership than caring for others. You can read the post here.
Caring about people and looking for the way to meet their needs describe the reason why someone is called the leader of the people.
“When a leader is no longer concerned about the need to care for his people, he ceased to be a leader worth following”
I learned great lesson from one of the greatest leaders of the Bible. Nehemiah was not a priest but he was a great leader who understood what is required to be a great leader by making the needs of his people the burden he carries upon him (See Nehemiah 1:1-10). Here are few among other dominant signs to look for in a leader who cares demonstrated by Nehemiah.
1. How are They Getting Along?
Leaders show care by taking the opportunity to inquire about how things are going with his people. He cares to always know how they are getting along. People’s welfare, comfort and pain will always be the concern of a leader who cares.
2. Moved by People’s Unpleasant Situation
Leaders who care about their people are always empathetic. Whatever affect their people affects them. The moment Nehemiah knew things are not good; that the wall of Jerusalem is still torn down, and the gates are burned. He sat down and cried, refusing to eat for several days (See Nehemiah 1:3-4). If you want to be a leader who cares, develop a heart that is moved by people’s unpleasant situations (Matthew 9:36).
3. Intercede on Behalf of People
A Leader who cares for people, moved by people’s unpleasant situation will become an intercessor. The Bible records that sooner than Nehemiah heard about the situation of his people, he spent the time in prayer to the God of heaven. He cried out to God, pleaded for mercy, favour and help from God for him and his people ( Nehemiah 1:4-10). You must learn to pray for God’s people if you really want to be a leader who cares.
I like to stop here for this second part. But it’s very important as leaders that we always remember that God is not looking for a leader with big title, but one who will lead God’s people out and bring them in, so the LORD’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd – Leader who Cares.
How well are you practicing these principles?