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Leaders are a unique breed of people! As leaders, we all need a little help leading those in our circles of influence….

2 Qualities of a Great Leader

A Great Leader… is Both Confident and Humble

Being a leader brings an entire litany of stresses, challenges, and responsibilities that those who have never been in leadership are unaware of. As a business owner, manager, or boss, the reality of your impact upon the lives of those around you is ever present. If the business fails, these people will be out of jobs, which will affect their families. That alone is a tremendous responsibility.

If the leader leads with a “let’s be buddies” mentality, the likelihood is that someone in the organization is going to take advantage of that, which will most likely hurt others in the process. These types of leaders are vulnerable to the manipulation and dishonesty of the unscrupulous employee. At a minimum, such a buddy attitude can diminish respect for that leader. On the other hand, leaders who rule with an iron fist communicate that the only thing they care about is the bottom line—which also causes a host of problems within the organization, not the least of which is decreased motivation, employee dissatisfaction, and yes, a lack of respect for that leader. Thus leading others, whether in business or ministry, for fun or for profit, requires a delicate balance of humanity (compassion, relationship, respect, genuine concern for the individual, etc.) and business mindedness (concern for the health and profitability of the business or organization), a balance that is difficult to find and challenging to maintain.

When it comes to this type of balanced leadership, a great leader knows herself well enough to be familiar with both her strengths and her weaknesses in these areas and beyond. She is confident in her ability to lead, while humble enough to realize that good leaders continue learning great leadership skills. As a Christian, she will be confident in the assignment she has been given at this place, at this time, and for such a time as this (Esther 4:14b). And she will know that when God calls us to a certain task, He equips us for it. As the saying goes, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.”

At the same time, she also knows her shortcomings, and when she blows it, she owns up to her mistake. She does not deny her shortcomings, cover up her failures, make excuses, or blame others when she makes a mistake. She knows that every failure provides a valuable learning experience. And she follows that humility with the determination to get back up and try again, with the intention of doing it better next time.  Though she falls down seven times, she gets up eight! [Proverbs 24:16] And she is stronger, wiser, and better equipped as she does so. Having this perspective also makes her more gracious and understanding toward others when they make mistakes.

It is this combination of confident dependence on Christ and humility that makes her the kind of leader that others respect and even want to emulate. This leader will inspire those around her with her kindness, her confidence, and her willingness to take responsibility for her failures, as well as the honest mistakes of those under her leadership. This grace-full leader will be a great leader in the lives of those around her and she will be an asset to any organization.

Have you experienced any of these scenarios? Do you have questions about anything in this article? If so, comment below. We all grow when we ask and when we share.

Make today count!


[Copyright Mary Comm, 2015. All rights reserved.]

Characteristics of a Great Leader: She is Innovative

A great leader is innovative—not rigid. Some rules must be followed, such as those set forth by the head of the organization or governing body, but many rules are meant to be bent, broken, or broadened.  A great leader does not keep doing the same thing over and over again simply because that’s the way it’s always been done. Instead, she takes calculated risks, making sure the research is reliable and counting the cost.  A great leader is willing to try new things based on solid feedback, facts, and due diligence. She assesses processes, procedures, and policies frequently, looking for gaps or cracks in quality and service, and she works to devise better ways to get the job done.   And when something doesn’t work, she admits it, learns from it, and moves on.

Have you known a great leader who modeled innovation well? Thank him or her for the impact this had on your life.

Are you a leader who is struggling? Or do you merely want to improve your leadership skills? Contact me [marycomm(at sign)].  I can help.

Make today count!

  Copyright Mary Comm 2014. All rights reserved.

A Great MINISTRY Leader . . . .

A few years ago I was the Executive Director of a national Christian ministry. While most of my ministry colleagues welcomed me with open arms, others greeted me with suspicion, assumptions, and unfounded accusations.  Their guard was immediately raised.  They approached me with anything but a warm handshake and a welcoming smile.  Did they feel threatened? Did they simply not like that someone else had come to town with the same or similar agenda? Were they fearful? (If so, what were they fearful of?)  Whether they did or not, I felt that they viewed me as competition.  While I came into the community with hopes of friendship, I was met instead with an ugliness that leads to my next definition of great leadership.

A great ministry leader does not compete with others in Christian organizations. Instead, a great ministry leader acknowledges the efforts of others in the community who are also working to accomplish the same or similar goals—even if they do things differently or come from a different philosophical foundation or background. S/he does not treat them with disdain; s/he does not gossip about them; s/he does not verbally admonish them or attempt to undermine their work. Instead, s/he is inclusive. S/he welcomes them, encourages them, and offers to help them in any way s/he is able. In fact, s/he is even kind and loving toward other agencies that offer opposing viewpoints or services.

In fact, we are even called to love those who operate non-Christian or anti-Christian organizations!  It wasn’t with anger, hatred, scorn or disdain that Jesus drew people to Himself; it was through Love.  We don’t have to love what they’re doing; we don’t have to love their agenda.  But we are called to love them!  We are called to love one another—especially those in the world, those caught in sin. A great ministry leader will consider how s/he and his/her organization can be Christ to other ministries, businesses, groups, and organizations, being instruments of peace, love, and hope instead of drawing battle lines.

If we, in the Body of Christ, cannot be loving toward one another, how in the world is the world going to see Christ in us?

Simply stated, it won’t.

Whatever your ministry position today–whether leader, follower, participant, or observer–strive to love others with the same love you have received from Christ.  We don’t have to do it perfectly, but we are certainly held accountable for how hard we try — in the Spirit and Grace of Jesus Christ.

As Jesus did, go and do likewise.

In His love and grace,


Copyright Mary Comm 2014. All rights reserved.

Question:  Have you ever reached out (in love) to a non-Christian or anti-Christian organization? What was your experience?