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character not credentials -- leadership pt.4


"A leader is always, always a person who has clear-cut objectives.  Your objectives determine your outcomes. You achieve that for which you aim. If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there. And if you ever lose sight of your objectives, you're going to concentrate on motion, but it's motion without meaning. So you get busier and busier and busier and accomplish less and less, because you don't know what to do… [A leader] is not only a person who has clear-cut objectives; he's also a person who is a motivator...You've got something that needs to be done and you need to know exactly what that is, but you're never going to pull off that without a group of persons… Not only is [a leader] enamored of ideas, he's also, she's also, enamored of individuals, and that's why you are not simply a thinker, you are a doer."  (Howard Hendricks)

Influence as a leader comes from  clear-cut objectives (which are Scriptural)  + effective motivation (by the Holy Spirit).

"Leadership is a person… the kind of person you are determines the kind of leadership you give… God is into character, not credentials. So the first thing you want to work on in your own life and in the life of the people you are developing is their character. That's the one thing you never neglect."
(Howard Hendricks)
 

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