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What Makes A Leader Great

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Learning to be a great leader can be a tough and long journey full of difficult situations and big decisions. Great leaders are ones of influence, creating true followers rather than fans. Russ Crosson, CEO and President of Ronald Blue and Co. and author of What Makes a Leader Great, has some excellent, practical ideas for both current and future leaders on how to become a truly remarkable leader with a long-lasting legacy. Some of his powerful ideas include:

For the Current Leader

  • Adopt an Attitude of Humility – A leader must remember that it’s only by God’s grace and goodness that they’re in that position and they must learn to think of those under them more than they consider themselves. “If leaders begin to believe their own press instead of holding fast to the fact they’ve been appointed to their roles by God, they’ll quickly find themselves on a very slippery slope.” 
  • Carry and Promote the Mission – When a leader is doing this well their commitment and devotion to the mission is demonstrated in humility and sacrifice and is so compelling that people can’t help but be impacted. “Leaders who have a fire for the company’s goals and vision automatically draw others as followers.”
  • Learn to delegate  Humility is an essential characteristic of an effective leader and when it’s present in their life they begin to understand that their followers have the ability to work on their own and can handle important decision-making responsibilities. “A leader shouldn’t do anything someone else can do effectively. This concept will help you stay on track doing what only you can do.”

For the Future Leader

  • Big Picture Thinking – Young leaders will greatly benefit from demonstrating a curiosity about subjects outside their areas of expertise and seek out opportunities to work with interdisciplinary teams to impact the entire company. “Big-picture thinkers have the ability and intellectual capacity to see ambiguous, complex, non-quantifiable situations from a broader view or in a broader context than the one in which they work on a daily basis.”
  • Quick and Continual Learning – Our world is rapidly changing thus requiring next-generation leaders to be on a passionate quest to learn and grow. They need to absorb knowledge quickly, apply it to the business and effectively communicate what they’ve learned. “Lifelong learners are intellectually honest enough to recognize and acknowledge when they don’t have the answers, and they are intellectually curious enough to go out and find them.”
  • Emotional Intelligence – Young leaders must be equipped with emotional intelligence, which allows them to identify, assess, understand, and effectively work through their own emotions and the emotions of others. Effective EQ allows a young leader’s potential for influence to be brought out. “If a person is unable to influence others, his or her ability to lead will be severely compromised.”

Love the tips? Attend our FUSE event Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 to hear Russ Crosson share biblical leadership principles on what makes a leader great. Learn more about what he will share in this video.

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