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4 Qualities of a Good Leader

In the year leading up to a presidential election, leadership is on everyone’s mind. As candidates announce their bid for our nation’s highest office, we begin to pick apart their work history, family life, and political views — all in an effort to uncover who has the potential to be the best leader.

But have you ever stopped to wonder how our lives would hold up under the same scrutiny?

In 2 Chronicles 19:5-10, Jehosaphat delegated some of the responsibilities for ruling and judging the people, and he warned his appointees that they were accountable to God for the standards they used to judge others.

Jehosaphat's advice is helpful for all leaders — from those who lead at home, in the community, at church, in a small group, in a fitness class, even at work. In any area of life, good leaders show four qualities:

they act out of fear of God, not men (2 Chronicles 19:9).

Not only are these good qualities to look for in a leader, these are the qualities we hold ourselves to as leaders. Every role we have is an opportunity to represent God, to show impartiality, to exercise our faithfulness, and to be obedient to God.

Leadership is determined by influence, not titles, and God has given all of us positions of influence. When we approach whatever area of leadership God has given us with these things in mind, we have the potential to radically change our homes, our workplaces, our schools, and our communities.


  • Where has God given you leadership opportunities?
  • How can you use your influence to point others to Jesus?
  • What is your next step to grow in leadership?

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