The Characteristics of Good Leadership

Some leaderships have been characterised pretty much as good and have been used as challenges for others to emulate. This description nonetheless raises an apparent query: upon what standards had been these management characterised pretty much as good? It’s sure that some leaders, whose management doesn’t fall inside this class, have good qualities that others can emulate. For that reason it’s important not solely to know {that a} management has been characterised pretty much as good but additionally to know the traits that qualifies it pretty much as good. In accordance with Anthony D’souza, management includes an inter-relationship between three components:

(a) The standard abilities and desires of the followers
(b) The necessity and expectations of the group
(c) The calls for or necessities of the scenario.1

It may be noticed from what D’souza has mentioned that the primary ingredient offers with the character of the chief; the second, his followers and the third, the duty to be completed.

On the premise of what has been mentioned the traits of excellent management will probably be recognized below the next headings:-

(a) The non-public traits of the chief
(b) The traits of the followers
(c) The chief’s process or mission. Chosen leaders within the Bible, whose leaderships

have been labeled pretty much as good will kind the premise of this presentation.

(a) The Private Traits of the Chief

It may be noticed from scriptures that God was very selective in selecting leaders for particular duties. God particularly selected Nehemiah to spearhead the rebuilding of the Jerusalem wall; Moses to convey the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt; Paul, to pioneer missionary work to the Gentiles and David, whose kinship would have a long-lasting dynasty, to interchange Saul. These males definitely had qualities that had been important for good management. God acknowledged these qualities in them as potentials when He selected them.

On this part a few of the qualities of leaders talked about above will probably be mentioned in a extra normal approach. The purpose is to indicate that it has been acknowledged that the great private qualities of leaders, when utilized to management are traits of excellent management.


In reflecting on the ebook of Nehemiah, John White mentioned that “the ebook of Nehemiah serves primarily to unfold for us a part of God’s on-going plan for his individuals. However at all times it’s the man, his character and his management that holds my curiosity”.2 Two vital issues stand out from John White’s evaluative vog about Nehemiah’s management which can be attribute of excellent management. The primary is the character and conduct of Nehemiah himself as a frontrunner and the second, is his management capacity. White additional counseled that in all probability one of many explanation why Nehemiah was chosen as a cupbearer was due to a well-trained private high quality like that of a secure character. Such well-trained secure character was not simply the hassle of Nehemiah alone. This may be seen within the following assertion – “God used Nehemiah’s lively prayer life to mould him right into a godly chief”.3 As a godly chief, Nehemiah was dependent upon God from whom he obtained his private help and encouragement, which motivated him sufficient to succeed. Nehemiah achieved his ministry purpose and his management has been characterised pretty much as good. His good character and conduct and his demonstration of management talents had been private traits of his management, which made him succeed.


Moses’ childhood coaching as an adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter was tailor-made in the direction of management. The incidence, which led to his escape from Egypt, revealed that he acknowledged his management qualities earlier than God referred to as him to management. Nonetheless, it took 40 years from the time of his escape from Egypt, earlier than God referred to as him to management. Joyce Peel noticed that Moses learns how one can be a shepherd. Lengthy years of taking care of sheep taught him the persistence he was to wish as chief of the cantankerous kids of Israel.4 This commentary by Joyce Peel reveals that the private high quality of persistence in Moses’ life was a attribute of his good management. This high quality was made evident within the lifetime of Moses by the nice challenges he confronted as a frontrunner over Israel. One instance was when he got here down from Mount Sinai and located the individuals worshiping the golden calf. He smashed the pill inscribed with God’s commandment, and, with a rousing cry, ‘who’s on the Lord’s facet?’, summons the trustworthy Levites to a bloodbath.5 The subsequent day he reproaches the individuals after which brokenhearted, goes again up the mountain to plead for his or her forgiveness.6

Persistence was not the one private high quality that Moses had. But it surely has been used to indicate that good private qualities, when utilized to management, result in optimistic outcomes. Subsequently, good private qualities are traits of excellent management.


Paul made nice achievements within the ministry God referred to as him to. Achievements ought to nonetheless be seen as pointers to non-public talents or qualities {that a} chief has that made him to succeed. What then had been these qualities in Paul that made him to succeed? First it will be vital to take a look at a few of the achievements that Paul made. He made outstanding affect in his missionary work and likewise in his writing. John Stott noticed that 13 letters ascribed to Paul in our New Testomony kind nearly precisely one quarter of the entire New Testomony. It was the rediscovery of the theology of Paul which led to the reformation of the sixteenth century, that theological revolution which prompted an upheaval throughout the Roman Catholic Church and led to the delivery of all the current day Protestant Church buildings.7 Paul’s instructional background gave him this benefit. It shouldn’t go unnoticed that this nice apostle used all that he had personally achieved in his youth in his management function. Making use of his private qualities in bringing about optimistic ends in his management was a attribute of Paul’s good management.


In accordance with Ted W. Engstrom, David the second king of Israel was a hanging distinction to Saul, the primary king.8 This was due to his noble, beneficiant and admirable qualities he demonstrated in his management. This comparability signifies that David’s management was not solely higher than Saul’s however his management will be characterised pretty much as good. John C. Maxwell additionally in contrast the 2 leaders. In reply to a query, which he posed – ‘Why did Saul fail as Israel’s king whereas David, who gave the impression to be weaker succeed?’ he mentioned that it was due to David’s angle. In contrast to Saul, David tried to develop into a greater chief.9 It’s clear from these two authors that David’s private qualities, particularly that of his angle to at all times be a greater chief had been traits of his good management. Having the qualification or qualities is one factor, however making use of them in a single’s management function is sort of one other. David utilized his management qualities in main and made an affect as a frontrunner.

The Traits of the Followers

Among the traits of excellent management will be recognized with the followers. Earlier than figuring out these traits, it will be useful to look at some definitions of management, to be reminded of the connection between leaders and followers. In accordance with Oswald Sanders, management is affect. It’s the capacity of 1 particular person to affect others to observe his or her lead. Ted W. Enngstrom defines management with simply two phrases – ‘leaders lead’. Myron Rush additionally gave a definition of management and his definition of management as ‘chief reproducing himself on the followers’. These definitions level to the connection between leaders and followers however most importantly, what they thought-about to be the purpose of the connection. Oswald Sanders and Engstrom deal with the side of following. This focus identifies one of many traits of a superb management – prepared followers. If one provides consideration to D’souza’s level cited within the introduction, that one of many components of management is ‘the wants and expectations of the group’, it follows that one motive why individuals will willingly observe their chief is as a result of their wants and expectations are met. One other attribute will be recognized from Myron Rush’s definition – making chief out of followers, there’s a assure of the continuity of that ministry. The 4 leaders, Nehemiah, Moses, Paul and David, whose leaderships have been labeled pretty much as good, will now be used as take a look at case to establish the 2 traits.


When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem from Susa, he first personally assessed the scenario of Jerusalem’s destruction. Afterwards he referred to as the individuals and shared his imaginative and prescient. The Bible said that the individuals responded to Nehemiah (see Neh. 2:8). This reveals clearly that from the beginning of his mission Nehemiah had prepared followers. They had been prepared to observe as a result of they notice that the imaginative and prescient was good and that a few of their wants as a neighborhood will probably be met. Maxwell famous that the wall of Jerusalem was rebuilt due to Nehemiah’s capacity to work with individuals and lead them the place they should go.10 This reveals that Nehemiah had prepared followers.

As well as Nehemiah gave recognition to subordinate leaders as he delegated obligations to them. This, as he mentioned, opens the management potentials for others.11 Subsequently one can rightly say that Nehemiah not solely had prepared followers but additionally leaders had been reproduced below his ministry.


When Moses returned to Egypt to set the Israelites free, they had been at first excited. However when Moses made their scenario worse they had been not enthusiastic about freedom. Nonetheless, by the tip of the ninth plague they’d realized that Moses was God’s servant despatched to ship them. They adopted Moses’ directions in observing the Passover after which willingly adopted him as he led them out of Egypt.

There may be additionally scriptural proof that leaders had been produced below Moses’ management. One instance is that of Joshua, who changed him. Joshua who had been the private assistant of Moses was mentored by Moses to develop into a frontrunner. Moses’ management subsequently had the traits of prepared followers and that of reproducing leaders.


Even when he was “Paul the aged”, he remained the mannequin and chief of a bunch of dynamic younger males. The love he kindled in his followers’ coronary heart was mirrored within the tears that flowed when he informed them they might see him no extra (Acts 20: 36-38).12 Sanders revealed within the passage cited above that the apostle Paul’s management had the traits of prepared followers. His ministry had nice affect within the lives of many, who had been additionally not prepared to change his management for one more.

Just like the Lord Jesus, Paul invested his life on a number of individuals as a result of he anticipated a lot from them. These had been the individuals he took on his missionary journeys. Two of the individuals, Timothy and Titus grew to become leaders of native Church buildings. Subsequently, like Moses, Paul’s management had the traits of prepared followers and that of manufacturing leaders.


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