Leadership is “influence”. The ideal leader is someone whose life and character motivate people to follow. The best kind of leadership derives its authority first from the force of a virtuous example, and not merely from the power of a “position”. By contrast, much of our world leadership today is nothing more than manipulation of people by threats and rewards. This is not real leadership; its exploitation. Real leadership motivates people from the inside, by stirring the heart, not by beating on the head.

  1. A leader is trustworthy. Their word is their bond. What they think they say, what they say they do.
  2. A leader takes the initiative. When a leader see’s a problem they are the first to act.
  3. A leader uses good judgment. Good leaders analyze, assess the risk and plan for contingencies.
  4. A leader speaks with authority. A true leader speaks with confidence, strength, and power.
  5. A leader strengthens others. They make everyone around them stronger, more effective, and motivated.
  6. A leader is optimistic and enthusiastic. Every day they create energy, excitement and hope.
  7. A leader never compromises the absolutes. A leader’s principles of virtue are non-negotiable.
  8. A leader focuses on objectives not obstacles. Get past the fear of the moment & stay focused on the goal.
  9. A leader empowers by example. Followers will mimic examples of courage displayed by a leader.
  10. A leader cultivates loyalty. He is loyal and allegiant to the virtuous love of his followers.
  11. A leader has empathy for others. Gives gentle encouragement rather than scorn when followers error.
  12. A leader keeps a clear conscience. He is self-aware. He acts in tune with what his heart tells him is right.
  13. A leader is definite and decisive. He is able to make clearheaded, proactive and conclusive decisions.
  14. A leader knows when to change his mind. Never perpetuates a bad decision, adapts to unforeseen change.
  15. A leader does not abuse his authority. Though justified, a leader never oversteps the bounds of propriety.
  16. A leader doesn’t abdicate his role in the face of opposition. When challenged he responds with dignity.
  17. A leader is sure of his calling. He is emphatic about his calling. No trial could waiver his confidence.
  18. A leader knows his limitations. He draws strength from remembering his own weaknesses. Humble.
  19. A leader is resilient. He draws on spiritual strength to endure perplexity, persecution and pain.
  20. A leader is passionate. He is driven by an intense passion for the truth and an abiding love of virtue.
  21. A leader is courageous. He is fearless, daring and dauntless when acting on his convictions.
  22. A leader is discerning. He knows truth, recognizes lies, and is skilled at using truth to refute lies.
  23. A leader is disciplined. Uses self-control and personal discipline to protect and extol his talents.
  24. A leader is energetic. He is industrious, diligent, and able to reach deep to persevere and finish the race.
  25. A leader knows how to delegate. He delegates to others to maintain his priorities & create more leaders.
  26. A leader is first and foremost a person of virtue. He personifies virtue. Virtue guides his life.