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Even the best leaders know that they have to follow someone else. Whether that’s the company CEO, shareholders, the church board of directors, or some other person in leadership, we ALL answer to other leaders.

That’s why I love looking at the leaders I enjoy reading and following. Being able to reflect on the reasons I admire these leaders opens my eyes to the qualities of great leadership.

what qualities do you look for in a leader?

When you find a leader worth following, I suggest you latch onto that person. Their leadership qualities can begin to rub off on you.

Examine their lives. See what makes them special. Then emulate those qualities that make them worth following.

Today, I want to look at the lives of a couple of leaders I believe are worth following.

A trait I often see in weak leaders is that they’re afraid to ask for help. They don’t want to be seen as needing help from anyone.

Leading in this way is dangerous. We can’t lead alone.

We must stand on the shoulders of others who have gone before us.

We need others to become great

Leading Alone Isn’t Worth It

Leading alone is a bad idea. I hope you know that.

We run into all sorts of trouble when we decide we don’t need anyone else. Emotional turmoil to exhaustion to depression, these are the results of deciding to be a one-man show.

We also run into problems in the area of knowledge.

I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.
–Michael Jordan

I know I don’t know everything there is to know about leadership. And, if that’s the case, I know you don’t know everything there is to know about leadership either.

There’s a lot of confusion today. Very smart people are acting in ways that are ungentlemanly and unwomanly.

The bravado and arrogance shown betray what they know.

Have you met someone like that? I know you have.

Wisdom is better than knowledge

Image by Andy Rennie

This arrogance and bravado show the difference between a knowledgeable man and a wise man.

What A Knowledgeable Man Does

You’ve met a knowledgeable person before. You can begin to tell one the moment you start to speak with them.

Verbose words flow from their mouths. Cockiness exudes from their pores.

Something within you is repulsed when you met this type of person.

The knowledgeable man shows off through his words and what he knows. He makes it plain as day that he KNOWS what he’s talking about. And he’s not afraid to show it.

I’ve met many people who live unassuming lives. Going through the routines and taking care of business.

Many times they feel they’re not adding value to others or they lack the ability to lead.

In reality, they couldn’t be more wrong. The young, stay-at-home mom, the sophomore high school student, or the desk jockey.

Each one has value and the ability to lead.

The qualities of leaders can be very subtle. Look for it and you’ll find at least three or four that are present in your life.

  1. You make decisions: While you may not have the loudest voice, you have the opportunity to speak up and make a decision. Leaders make decisions. Choose to decide.
  2. You have followers: Everyone has someone who follows them. The stay-at-home mom has her children. The quiet student has other students studying their habits. Look around and you’ll see others following you.

I’ve found myself wondering how I’ve picked up bad habits. From too much TV time to wasting time on Facebook to ignoring my wife. Bad habits creep into my life. And I’m sure they do yours as well.

When we recognize the bad habit, we often wonder how we let the bad habit into our life.

The Trinity Root at September 11 Memorial

Image by Tony Fischer

The Problem

Bad habits are something we don’t want to pick up. They’ll drag us down, holding us back from our potential.

And yet we let bad habits take hold in our lives. Most of the time we don’t even realize the habits are forming.

Why? Why does this happen?

We let bad habits take root because they slowly work their way into our lives. A recent sewer problem made this clear.