Recognizing leaders is actually not the most difficult thing to do. Yesterday, I shared that one of the best ways to spot a leader is simply to look for that person who is always willing to speak up. Leaders are always willing to speak up. The apostle Peter is a great example. He may have stuck his foot in his mouth often, but at least he was willing to say something! Have an opinion! Have an idea! The next way to spot leaders is to look for people who set the pace for everyone around them. Leaders set the pace. Look for the person who gets there first; and leaves last. Look for the one who seems to be willing to work the hardest. The one who;s always wanting to do the minimum can never become a great leader. The one who pushes back when asked to do something outside their ministry description is not the leader. The one who gets an attitude because you call at the last-minute to make a big request, will never be the great leader. Leaders are willing to do whatever it takes. Leaders have what my friend David Chrzan calls "capacity in the moment." They can think on their feet. They can respond quickly without getting stressed to the maxed or overly frustrated. They don't whine or complain. They work very hard and maintain a positive attitude and a smile on their face. Leaders are simply willing to work harder tan everyone else. Leaders are willing to sacrifice more. Followers look for a position that doesn't require too much time or any after hours requirements. Leaders always ask for more. Leaders always ask: "How could I make more impact?" Look for the one who seems to be willing to DIE for the mission. Look for the one who tends to bite off more than they can chew.Example?
"But Peter declared, 'Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.' And all the other disciples said the same."Matthew 26:35 (NIV).
A leader is one who's willing to sacrifice everything for the mission will set the pace for everyone else. That's what a leader does. To spot a leader, look for the one who's willing to take out trash and stack chairs for the mission. Look for the one who sees the big picture; who understands Heavenly reward. Look for the one you have to TELL to take a break. Take a day off. Take vacation. Look for the one you have to TELL to slow down. Go home. Look for the one you have to help say No.
Look for the one who sets the pace for everyone around them...in the best way. Anyone come to mind around you? You may have just spotted a leader.