One of the most important tasks of a leader is to identify potential new leaders. If a church or organization is to grow, finding new leaders is critical.
Equally vital is the quality of leaders being discovered. Good leaders learn to look for qualities in people that are conducive to good leadership. If you want to have a culture that reproduces leaders, read THIS POST first.
But, where do you find these people who can be future leaders?
I find it helps to look for certain qualities that all good leaders need, or qualities that, consistently over time, seem to make good leaders.
Here are 10 attributes I consider valuable traits when looking for new leaders:
1. Concern/Love for others.
You can’t lead people effectively if you don’t genuinely love people. I’ve seen people in positions who have great power, but they don’t appear to love others. These leaders often produce followers well, but they fall short of reproducing leaders.
2. Not a complainer.
Candidly speaking, leadership encounters complainers regardless of what we do. I certainly don’t want to add complainers to my team of leaders. A positive attitude will get my attention every time.
3. Teachable and open to suggestions.
A person who thinks they have all the answers will repel other leaders. People with no desire to keep learning rarely find their place on my team of leaders.
4. Excellence in following.
This is a biggie for me. I try to follow people I lead, because there are times they know more than I do. Many times. Someone who isn’t willing to follow is seldom ready to lead.