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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
7 Inspiring Leaders and the Traits That Made Them Great
John MaxwellJohn Maxwell
John Maxwell says everything rises and falls based on leadership. I agree.

But leadership was not something taught when I went to the University of Florida. I've had to learn it the hard way, mostly by trial and error. Here are seven traits of leadership I've learned by watching leaders who exhibited them:

1. Vision. This is the ability to see the future. The Bible says without vision, the people perish. I've learned to focus on one thing and simply work in that direction when I didn't have any idea what do. Somehow, a way is found.

A man who exhibits this as well as any I've known is Tommy Barnett, who built Phoenix First Assembly of God from a handful of people to one of the greatest churches in America. Tommy's attitude is, "You can't think of a ministry we don't want to include in our church-and by the way, you're the new leader." This has resulted in hundreds of leaders and one of the healthiest churches I've ever seen. I remember when he had a vision to start a multicultural ministry in Los Angeles. That has developed into the Dream Center that is headed by his son, Matthew, and has spawned others across the country. But the Dream Center began as a vision with Tommy Barnett.

2. Problem-solving. Leadership is more than a huge idealistic vision. A leader must also have problem-solving skills. No matter what you do, problems develop, and it's up to the leader to figure out what's wrong and to fix it. I know of no one better at problem-solving than Dr. Mark Rutland, whose book ReLaunch I recently read. I highly recommend it, and here's where you can purchase it. Mark has wonderful word pictures for diagnosing problems. When nothing happens, he says the gears have rusted shut and the leader must grease them to get them moving. (I've used that one this week to deal with something in my own organization.)

At other times Mark describes the leader as the air traffic controller who decides which planes to land now and which ones to keep circling until there's time and money to let them land. He proved he could solve problems by turning around Calvary Assembly in Orlando and Southeastern College (now Southeastern University) and by later helping lead the transition at Oral Roberts University during a difficult time. ...

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