When I think of strong leaders who make positive, lasting impacts on others, I see they have these 10 shared characteristics:
A knowledgable leader will be proactive in gathering information from many angles of a topic to make well informed decisions.
A wise leader will sift through the knowledge they have gathered and make a solid choice that is based in truth.
A courageous leader stands up for what is right, even if they are the last one standing.
A humble leader places themselves besides those they are leading so they can gain insight into what they need to do to meet the needs of those they are working to serve; often making their own desires and needs secondary.
A strong leader with integrity will have a solid foundation from which they lead from that keeps them standing firm when the storms inevitably swirl around them.
A strong leader will hold themselves accountable for their words and actions; and for what they have told others to do for them.
8. Effective Communicator
Effective communication is when you understand what I thought I said. This requires being a good listener and taking the time to understand what the other person means by what they said. It also means when speaking to choose words, and a tone, that will allow the audience to understand what is being said. Also, an effective communicator is able and willing to clarify what they said when needed.
An inspirational leader will infuse energy and hope in others, motivating them to take action and be a part of making a positive difference.
10. Walk the walk
A strong leader's actions speak louder than their words.
From our homes to our nations, strong leaders are needed.
If you are a leader in any capacity, I offer for you to join me and view the list of these characteristics, and see what your strengths are and where you have room for improvement. Then take a moment to...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
Let us take a step from knowing what we need to do and start putting into action what we need to do. May we put these into practice moment-by-moment, day-by-day, and grow into stronger leaders, in our homes, businesses, etc. And while we do our best to grow in these areas, let's also encourage those around us to grow stronger in them as well.