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12 ways to Know You're a Leader

February 05, 2018
By Ronnie Plyler

I believe everyone’s a leader.  The direction you lead depends on you.  Are you leading with energy and enthusiasm or apathy and disinterest?  Are you leading to make the future better for others or better for you?  Does the Holy Spirt direct you, or do you seek the Holy Spirit after you decide? 

I recently read an article written by Michael Hyatt titled, 12 Ways to Know You’re a LeaderAlthough the article was NOT a biblical look at leadership, I took some liberties thinking of who and how these might apply to the history of God’s Word.  A look at these will be like a look in the mirror as you evaluate yourself. 

Upon reading these 6 (I’ll give you 6 this week and 6 next week, as trying to reflect and digest on 12 effectively would not be as productive), ask yourself…” Do most of these apply to me?” 

  1. You long to make a difference. – Isaiah desperately desired to be used by God saying…“Here I am Lord…send me,” (Is. 6:8).
  2. You’re discontent and dissatisfied with the status quo. – Although everyone ate of the king’s meal, “Daniel made up his mind, he would not defile himself by eating the king’s food,” (Daniel 1:8).
  3. You’re not waiting on a bigger staff or more resources to accomplish your goal.  Nehemiah did not dwell on what he didn’t have but sought to move forward with what little he did have.  “You see the bad situation we are in…Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem,” (Neh. 2:17). 
  4. Your dreams are so big they seem impossible. Even though Esther thought it was impossible for her to be used to save the Jews, her uncle Mordecai reminded her that she was chosen, “for such a time as this,” (Esther 4:14).  With man, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible (Matt. 18:26). 
  5. You acknowledge what is, but inevitably ask,What could be?- As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the Lord has given the host of Midian into your hand,” (Judges 7:15).
  6. You realize that you don’t have to be in charge to have significant influence.  David was simply taking food to his brothers when the challenge emerged in front of him. He then accepted the challenge to fight Goliath and ultimately defeat him (1st Samuel 17).