The Model of an Effective Leader
Research consistently identifies three qualities people look for in a leader, regardless of the leadership role.
These qualities are:
- Trustworthiness – honesty and integrity
- Competence – expertise or “knowing their stuff”
- Dynamics – forward-looking and inspiring
Trustworthiness and competence form the solid base of leadership. Without this base, dynamics is basically “fireworks.” You need all three qualities to be an effective leader.
Trustworthiness is the most highly valued quality people look for in leaders. It is a rare quality that gives the Christian CEO the opportunity to stand out as the exception to what most people consider the norm in today’s business world.
Trustworthiness means meeting commitments, consistency in word and deeds, trust in others and servanthood.
Competence is reflected by your particular functional expertise and industry experience, management of things and direction of people.
Dynamics can be defined as being forward-looking and inspiring. It involves vision, wisdom, strength and courage.
Take some time and reflect on your own qualities in these areas. What are you doing well and what can you improve?