Qualities of a Great Leader
I have heard it said that everything rises and falls on great leadership and I am inclined to believe it.
I follow the example of great leaders. Phillip and Holly Wagner have been pastoring the Oasis Church for more than a quarter of a century! They have stayed at their post in good times and in challenging ones and I have seen them walk in integrity when few were looking. It is with their support and ongoing guidance that I have been released into leadership.
Here are some of the things that I have learned about the qualities of a great leader.
Are you becoming one?
Great leaders …
Are Always Growing- Great leaders are committed to their growth. They are willing to examine weaknesses and find tools to improve in those areas. They are also willing to examine their areas of strength and make efforts to grow in those areas too.
Stay Connected- Great leaders understand that we have been created for relationship and don’t try to do life on their own. They are planted in a faith community and committed to building authentic relationships.
Act Responsibly- Great leaders recognize that their choices matter. They realize that people are looking to their life’s example and consider the impact that their decisions have on the people they are leading.
Remain Accountable- Great leaders are accountable to other leaders. They are engaged in relationships in which they are committed to transparency and have created space and opportunity for other great leaders to speak into their lives.
Live with Integrity- Great leaders practice what they preach. Their lives are not compartmentalized. They live according to the same values across contexts.
Develop & Release Other Leaders- Great leaders know how to disciple and release other great leaders. They are not intimidated or jealous when others flourish. They can celebrate the “wins” of other great leaders because they are confident in the call of God on their lives. They understand it takes a body of people, each operating in their unique calling to truly make a difference on the planet.
Lead Authentically- Great leaders are authentic. They don’t just live on “rumors of God”, regurgitating the messages of other leaders who are hearing from Him. They lead from a place of their own personal, ongoing encounters with Jesus. They make room for God in their lives and spend time with Him regularly. They recognize that no matter how full life and leadership gets, without Jesus we are chasing the wind. (Ecc 2)
Harmony (Dust) Grillo
Harmony Dust founded Treasures in 2003 while completing a Master’s in Social Welfare at UCLA. To date, she has trained outreach leaders that have gone on to establish more than 97 sex industry outreaches on 5 continents. She has been featured in various media sources, including Glamour Magazine, The Dr. Drew Show, and The Tyra Banks Show. She is a sought after speaker and her memoir, Scars & Stilettos, gives an account of the journey of going from working in strip clubs, to leading an organization that reaches women in the sex industry on a global scale.