Spiritual Gifts

Leadership

Luke 9:51 • Acts 7:10 • Acts 15:7-20 • Romans 12:8 • 1 Timothy 5:17 • Hebrews 13:17

 

Definition

A Holy Spirit-empowered ability to see God's desires for a matter and then competently organize, inspire, and lead others in accomplishing those desires.

 

Common Characteristics

  1. An ability to see the larger picture and to clarify long-range goals
  2. An ability to break down major goals into small, achievable tasks
  3. A recognition of what can and cannot be delegated
  4. An awareness of the resources available to complete a task
  5. A tendency to assume responsibility if no structured leadership is in place
  6. A willingness to endure mixed reactions from workers in order to accomplish the ultimate task
  7. An ability to inspire and encourage workers
  8. A sense of fulfillment in seeing the pieces come together into a finished project
  9. A tendency to take initiative and to operate well under pressure
  10. A strong ability to focus and weed out distracting details

 

Ways to Grow in Christ’s Likeness

  1. Listen carefully and seriously to the suggestions and concerns of others
  2. Be as concerned with character as with effectiveness
  3. Explain to workers the way their tasks fit into the bigger picture so that they sense the value of their service
  4. Recognize that people are more important than projects
  5. Delegate responsibilities as an expression of diligence for the task, not to avoid work you don’t want to do yourself 
  6. Share ownership of projects with others instead of seizing it as your own
  7. Remember human beings are more than “resources” and have needs of their own
  8. Offer praise frequently and sincerely
  9. Practice relinquishing control, even when the results aren’t quite up to your “ideal”
  10. Show interest in things others find exciting—avoid functioning with a “one-track” mind

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