Leadership is abuzz these days. Everyone is talking about it, yet it appears many organizations and churches are consistently looking for leadership. In my conversations with other churches, people want to know how to find, attract, and train leaders. Apparently it is far easier to call oneself a leader than it is to actually be a leader.
Perhaps we need to do a better job distinguishing what leadership actually means. Without great definitions of leadership, we almost need to talk about what makes up great leadership. I wonder if there is leadership…the kind anyone can do…and there is stellar leadership…the kind only great leaders provide.
The word stellar means: pertaining to a preeminent performer…or…outstanding or immense…
Isn’t this the kind of leadership we are seeking? Stellar leadership?
I am still a leader in training…not sure when I’ll “get there”, but I know I’m not looking to be an average leader. I want to be a stellar leader.
With that in mind, here are 7 definitions I think we find in stellar leadership: (The words are mine, but I got the definition from dictionary.com)
Consistency - steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form,etc
Follow-through – the act of continuing a plan, project, or the like to its completion
Respectable - worthy of respect or esteem
Truthfulness - telling the truth, especially habitually
Valor - boldness or determination in facing great danger; courage
Trustworthy - deserving of trust or confidence; dependable; reliable
Authentic - not false or copied; genuine; real
In my opinion, stellar leaders would possess ALL of these attributes.
What words/definitions would you add to my list?