What Kind of Leader are You?

Cindy Scott   -  

What pops into your mind when you think of a Leader? Maybe a CEO, an athletic coach, a government official, or some other type of person who is “in charge.”

Certainly, these types of people are Leaders. When I consider them, I think of words like confident and visionary. But other words come to mind as well, like powerful, definitive, and authoritarian. These Leaders have a position or role that can be controlling.

They are sometimes effective but usually are revered or feared. Let’s call them “Commanding Leaders.”

Leader type number two is the “Partnering Leader.” They lead through their lifestyle. They are collaborative in their attitude and their conversation. People may not even identify them as Leaders, but they are positively influenced by the way they live.

The third type of Leader is the “Unintentional Leader.” This person is not aware that their actions and attitudes affect the people around them. They don’t see themselves as Leaders in any way nor do they want anything to do with the responsibility of leadership.

You may not have thought about it before, but if you consider yourself a believer, you are a Leader of some sort. People are looking to you for direction on how to live their lives whether you like it or not, whether you want them to or not.

So, what kind of Leader are you?

Are you demanding and exacting?

Are you collaboratively looking to share kingdom impact?

Do you wish you could just live your life however you want?

Each of the people in your family, your Small Group, and your church are all looked to by people around them. Those people are watching how you live. They are gauging your responses, seeing how you handle challenges and becoming conscious of your views on things.

Building the Leaders around you is an adventure as, together, you become more and more intentional regarding the possible impact of your leadership.