Traits of a well-defined leader

Traits of a well-defined leader

I came across some notes from a presentation by my friend, Ken Hurto, former faculty member in the Leadership in Ministry Workshops ( Ken’s presentation on leadership was titled “Being a Lighthouse and Not a Bulldozer.” In it he used the bulldozer and the lighthouse as metaphors for different styles of leadership.

In his presentation Hurto offered a list of ten traits of the self-defined leader (note his use of “self-defined” as opposed to “self-differentiated”). I think it’s a helpful and challenging list that describes something worth aspiring to. Here is Ken’s list of traits of the well-defined leader:

  1. Knows who she is and what she is becoming. Moves toward maturity.
  2. Clear about what he believes and what he values.
  3. Works out of a principled perspective.
  4. Out front on issues of importance to her.
  5. High tolerance for ambiguity and high tolerance for disagreement.
  6. Clear personal boundaries.
  7. Acts as a catalyst and coach to the system.
  8. Achievement-oriented: more concerned with results than feelings
  9. Loves life
  10. 10. Elastic in relationships; has a broad relationship repertoire.

For those who desire to work on becoming a more well-defined leader, the Center for Lifelong Learning offers the Leadership in Ministry workshops in five locations: Atlanta, Boston, Portland OR, Kansas City MO, and Lynchburg, VA. Click here to learn more about the Leadership in Ministry workshops.

Israel Galindo is Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at the Columbia Theological Seminary. He directs the Pastoral Excellence Program at Columbia seminary. He is the author of the bestseller, The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Alban), Perspectives on Congregational Leadership (Educational Consultants), and A Family Genogram Workbook (Educational Consultants), with Elaine Boomer & Don Reagan, and Leadership in Ministry: Bowen Theory in the Congregational Context.

His books on education include Mastering the Art of Instruction,The Craft of Christian Teaching (Judson), How to be the Best Christian Study Group Leader (Judson), and Planning for Christian Education Formation (Chalice Press).

Galindo contributes to the Wabash Center’s blog for theological school deans and to its teaching and learning blogs.


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