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20 Characteristics of a Successful Leader

Leadership is not easy. You are often making tough decisions, weathering criticism, and taking risks. However, leading well is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. When you see someone you are leading succeed, when you see their confidence built as they achieve what they never thought possible and as they become better leaders themselves, you can see how you have influenced their lives. Their success is your success! Leadership is something that we all should strive to grow in. But the question is, how do we?

How to Become a Stronger Man

Our culture has a decidedly dim view of masculinity. Husbands and fathers have become the punching bags of popular culture, portrayed as inattentive, clueless, shallow and weak, or society glorifies a brand of manhood that is devoid of honor in which macho playboys are elevated as the gold standard of maleness. The bottom line is that we live in a world in desperate need for men to act like men, but what does it look like to truly embrace this identity?

Why Encouragement Counts

One leader asked a simple question we should all consider, “If the people around you depend on your words for nourishment, are they dying of malnutrition or are they thriving?” The truth is that our words matter. We make a choice each day how we will use our words to build up or tear down. Every day we come in contact with people who are craving encouragement.  Although we may not always know what they are facing, our encouragement may be exactly what they need to make it through to the other side.

Are You a Mouthpiece for Satan?

What we say and what others say about us — whether positive or negative — shapes who we are and how we see ourselves. We can’t divorce ourselves from what comes out of our mouths. Jesus articulates this reality, “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person… what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart.” (Matthew 15:11; 18a). This is why words are not just about the tongue: they are directly connected to who we are — to our identity — and they are intimately connected to the core of our being.

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