Here was God’s response to Caleb, and I trust that this will be his response to you after you have reread this book and begun to develop the spirit of leadership in your own life: Because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. It was his attitude that made the difference. Make it yours, too. SERVE YOUR GIFT TO THE WORLD To become the leader that you were born to be, you must discover who you are, your purpose in life, and the Creator’s design for your existence. Remember that a true leader learns from others but never tries to become them. You must be true to yourself. The ingredients and essence of leadership cannot be taught. They must be discovered and learned through experience and development. This capacity to learn resides within each of us, and it is now up to us to decide whether or not we will become the leaders that the Creator intended us to be.
THE SPIRIT OF LEADERSHIP 278 The point is not to strive to become a leader but to dis- cover and become your true self. Genuine leadership is the discovery of one’s purpose and assignment for life and the inherent gift and abilities that come with that assignment. It is the commitment to serve your gift to the world in order to enhance the lives of many. Simply put, true leadership is serving oneself to the world. Therefore, it is not measured by how many people serve you but by how many people you serve. The spirit of leadership was defined over two thousand years ago by the most influential and effective leader of all time, a young master teacher, who, when asked how to become a great leader, responded, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,...just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” T HE ESSENCE OF LEADERSHIP CANNOT BE TAUGHT BUT MUST BE DISCOVERED .
Appendices: Maximizing Your Leadership Potential
280 Essential Qualities and Characteristics of True Leadership T o cultivate the spirit of leadership, you must practice integrating many qualities and characteristics in your life. These are necessary attitudes for effective leadership and serve as measures of your leadership refine- ment as you continue to progress in maximizing your true leadership potential. All true leaders possess the following attitudes—characteristics of the spirit of leadership : Vision —the capacity to see beyond one’s natural eyes; it is a picture of purpose. Wisdom —the capacity to apply knowledge effec- tively. Decision making —the ability to study conse- quences and make sound decisions without fear; a willingness to fail rather than avoid responsi- bility. A positive attitude —the ability to see people and situations in a positive way.
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