Characteristics of a Leader

Leadership is influence - nothing more and nothing less.

And if this is the definition of leadership, we are all leaders!

You can influence people for good, or you influence them for bad.

If you look at 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9, you will find a list of the qualifications of a Biblical leader. (Scriptures below)

If you were to meet somebody who lives out these qualities, you probably would have so much respect and trust for them and you would love to be led by them. So we love people with these leadership qualities.

I love how the scripture starts by saying that being a church leader is an honorable position. If you want to influence people for good in this world, this is an honorable position.

  1. Live life above reproach. This means to live your life in such an honoring way that your life is consistent with your reputation.

  2. Be faithful to your spouse.

  3. Exercise self-control.

  4. Live wisely and have a good reputation and be well respected.

  5. Enjoy entertaining people in your house.

  6. Must be able to teach.

  7. Cannot be a heavy drinker or be violent.

  8. Must be gentle and not quarrelsome.

  9. Must not love money or be dishonest with money.

  10. Must manage and lead his own family well.

  11. Can’t be a new believer.

  12. Live a devout and disciplined life.

  13. People outside of church must speak well of them.

  14. The spouse must be respected.

  15. The spouse must not slander others.

  16. Encourage people with wholesome teaching and be able to show people where they are wrong.

Do you agree with me?

A person who lives like this would influence me in such a positive way. A person like this would make a positive impact on their community and influence many people for good. They might even make a difference in our world.

If I could make a list of people with these qualities, a few I would add would be...

Billy Graham

Mother Teresa

Joyce Meyer

Christine Caine

Joel Osteen

John Maxwell

And so many others.

People want to see you live a life of integrity during the good times and difficult times. They want to see you handle difficult situations well because it could give them confidence that they too can overcome difficult, trying seasons and come out on the other side standing strong and thriving in life.

Who are you influencing, and who is influencing you?

Which of these 16 things do you need to work on?

Remember... we are ALL leaders!

God knows we are not perfect, but we can live a life of integrity. We can say, “follow me as I follow Christ.”

I believe God’s grace is big enough to keep us from sin, not just forgive us after we have sinned.

One of the many great things about God is if you have messed up in one or many of these areas, He will forgive you and give you a second chance. And not only that, he will use it all for good in your life.

So let’s not live with a negative, “I’ve already messed up” attitude. Let’s examine our lives and look and see where we need to improve, and then do whatever is needed to be the best leader we can be.

Your spouse needs the best you, your kids need the best you, your church and your workplace need the best you. People are looking to you, so let’s influence them and give them the courage they need to live life as a leader.


‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭3:1-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position.” So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church? A church leader must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall. Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap.

In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money. They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience. Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do. A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well. Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Titus‬ ‭1:6-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. A church leader is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money. Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.”

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