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7 High Standards of Leadership

5) Leaders possess a good attitude.

A leader’s attitude and general disposition often reveal as much about them as their competence and experience, sometimes more.

Let’s be blunt; no one wants to follow a leader that they don’t like.

An “Eeyore” attitude just doesn’t cut it.

(Eeyore – “a fictional character in the Winnie-the-Pooh series, typically characterized as a pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, old grey stuffed donkey.”)

And the presence or lack of a good attitude travels farther and faster than the reputation of competence.

It’s not enough to be good at what you do; how much joy and hope you bring to others really matters.

6) Leaders faithfully study God’s Word.

The consistent study of God’s Word is one of the best ways to know Him and lead according to His values.

The pressure of time constraints and the clamor of multiple responsibilities make it easy to combine prep time for a talk with personal devotion time.

That’s not wrong, Bible study is always good, but that doesn’t always meet the deeper needs of your soul on a personal basis.

That can feel more academic than personal. Have you ever experienced that?

The wonderful thing about the need to study God’s Word is that it’s a lifetime process. It’s not something you master by a deadline, and then you are done.

Scripture is alive, and it connects with you fresh in the moment with instruction and insights as the Holy Spirit inspires.

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Dr. Dan Reiland serves as Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He previously partnered with John Maxwell for 20 years, first as Executive Pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, then as Vice President of Leadership and Church Development at INJOY. He and Dr. Maxwell still enjoy partnering on a number of church related projects together.