What is the One Way to Spot a Great Leader Early On?

Are you, potentially, a great leader?

How can we tell? Are there markers or signs early on? Is it your schooling? Your degree? If you have a degree that sets you apart?


Leadership is essential to spreading any message. #Leaders define the culture of a nation. All good and bad consequences are laid at the feet of the #leadership while they are in authority.

 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2

Wow, that’s a difference between results! It seems that the righteous, or those who believe right, have a much different way of handling leadership and authority. The difference is so easily identified that, in the end, the people mourn or they rejoice. But what is the real early sign or mark of a leader? In my last post, we talked about #discipline. Is discipline that is the real marker between a good leader and a bad? No. All leadership takes discipline whether good or bad. What about faith or being religious, versus not being religious? Is that the true sign of a good leader?  Not necessarily, there have been plenty of religious leaders in our day who knew the Word of God and were troubled and dark people. So what is the real marker? How can we look into someone’s life and spot the blossoming leadership early on?

Well, to be honest, there are plenty of markers.

Humility, honesty, goodness, and patience are all great representative qualities in a leader. But then, all of these could be manufactured and faked by someone trying to spin or court your vote. A politician putting on a patriotic flag pin, kissing babies can look the part and win the love. No this marker cannot be faked. In fact, sometimes it makes the leader look weak, scattered, and cryptic. This marker keeps the the leader from being pigeon-holed by others. It puts him in the right place at the right time. It oozes out and shows itself in the least likely ways and once you know what the marker is, you will be sure you’ve seen it in less than 1% of the people you’ve ever come in contact with much less leaders.

They say that humility is being willing to listen to what God has to say on a subject. That’s pretty phenomenal, all on its own. Let’s be honest anyone can listen. But here’s where the rubber meets the road. What does that leader DO with the information he/she received from God?

 “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation (or behavior) his works with meekness of wisdom.” James 3:13

Meekness is being willing to DO what the Lord instructs us to do.

His works, his behavior, his lifestyle should show how much he is listening to God. In the Church of God, leadership is already set up by God. These leaders are apostles and prophets, teachers, pastors and evangelists. There are also helps and governments. The mark of great leadership is meekness. Every time something comes up, this is the man or woman who stops and listens to God, but then he/she goes about doing whatever God said to do. That means sometimes that person is alone and sometimes they draw a circle of people around them.

God is a problem solver.

He wants us to strive for peace in our life because the devil is a chaos maker. We have to be willing to do the solving God presents in times of chaos. We have to do something with that wisdom. So many people just want to focus on the problem, or complain. How many will roll up their sleeves with God and do what He instructs and when no matter how long it takes. These are the leaders. This is how God identifies them. And really they show themselves. The more willing you are to do little things for God the more He gives you jobs to do. Doesn’t this make so much sense?

The meek ones are not always the most popular in the polls, or the ones who flamboyantly proclaim themselves. They are the ones, more often than not, running around quietly taking care of things for God.

“The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.” Psalms 22:26

“The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” Psalms 25:9

“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalms 37:11

Jesus Christ said these words, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:29

“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” 1 Peter 3:4

There is great reward at the end of this road for the man or woman who puts their own pride aside and says, “God, if you were me what would you do?”

God bless you today!

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