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10 Attributes New Leaders MUST Have

5. Reliability. 

Leadership is about trust, and trust is developed over time and consistency by doing what you said you would do. I look for people with that quality.

6. Interest.

The people with a burning passion for the church or organization often make great leaders. You can train someone to lead others, but you can’t easily train them to have interest.

7. Good character. 

Character counts. Not perfection. Not flawlessness. But good character is necessary to be trusted on a team. Integrity. Honesty. A humble desire to always be improving as a person. That kind of character.

8. Potential. 

God always saw potential in others they themselves couldn’t see. I try to have eyes to see that in others.

9. Confidence. 

Leaders have to move forward when others are ready to retreat. That takes confidence. Not pride, but a genuine willingness to lead through the hard times; to do what others aren’t willing to do.

10. People skills. 

This goes without saying, but you can’t lead people if you can’t communicate with people. You don’t have to be the life of the party (I’m a strong introvert), but you do have to be able to engage people and make them feel a part of things.

Well, those are some traits I look for in potential leaders.

Do you have other traits you look for in recruiting leaders? 

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Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.