Take a moment to think about the different leaders you’ve had in your life. Bosses. Pastors. Parents. Presidents. Even just people who assume a leadership role in your friend group.
Some of them you probably remember for all the wrong reasons. They were manipulative or demanding. Some of them may have been uncommunicative or, honestly, just not very good at their job. We all have those stories.
But every now and then, you’ll find you’re following a good leader. It’s a little harder to define just what makes them good, but you know there’s a difference. You’re better at your job. You trust them to handle responsibilities. You feel empowered to do what you
This gets to the heart of the question we’re trying to answer here. What makes a truly good leader?
There are certainly a number of qualities that every gifted leader must have, but one thing that is common to all great leaders throughout history is something desperately lacking in our culture today: selflessness.
It is our collective experience that the greatest leaders we have known all have had this quality of selflessness, not as something they learned through study but as part of their character and worldview.
I invited six friends to join me in reflecting on our experience of selfless leadership. I asked that they go beyond theory and talk about their struggles and victories in developing this character in their life and leadership. I deeply appreciate their wisdom and candidness that comes through in the pages that follow. Our collective prayer is that through these reflections you will be inspired and challenged to embrace the high and holy calling of a selfless leader.