the shape of leadership

Can-Do Leadership

Eight qualities of leaders who make it happen

Leadership comes with a host of challenges, uphill struggles and negative voices that tell us why we can’t do what we want to do. Yet, despite the circumstances, leaders are required to lead. They don’t have the luxury of calling it quits when living in the shadow of the mountain. Instead, they have an inner “can-do” attitude that drives them to complete what God has called them to do.

Can-do leaders don’t experience less resistance or smaller problems than everyone else. They just refuse to let the struggles they face, the disappointments they encounter, or the naysayers around them cloud their commitment to move forward. Not only can they do what they need to do, they will.

Can-do leadership is about more than having a strong work ethic. It’s about more than arriving early and staying late. It’s about your perspective, mindset, tenacity and posture toward being solution-focused. That’s where we’ll focus this edition of “Make It Count.” The best can-do leaders share eight qualities:

Can-do leadership is about more than having a strong work ethic.
  • Positivity: I choose an optimistic outlook
  • Initiative: I don’t wait for someone to ask
  • Responsibility: I own it
  • Decisiveness: I make decisions without bogging down my leader
  • Solution-minded: I won’t quit until I find the right solution
  • Mobilizer: I don’t do ministry alone
  • Resilience: I bounce back after every setback
  • Grit: I don’t give up until the job is done

These eight lessons will equip you to move forward when you face tests in leadership. As you and your team embrace these principles, you’ll go further in the mission God has called you to fulfill, despite the challenges you face along the way.

This eight-week study, which appears in the January/February 2019 issue of Influence magazine, is now available online as a free download. Church leaders can print multiple complimentary copies of this resource and use it to promote development, spark discussion and inspire vision among team members.

The online resource also includes a fill-in-the-blank guide for team members to use as they follow along with the studies.

Adapted from the January/February 2019 edition of Influence magazine.


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