Eleven Essential Character Qualities Of A Good Leader


I’ve been thinking about character lately. What character qualities (not gifts) are important for a leader? I’ve listed 11. What qualities would you add? Which are most important?  I know one thing – I don’t want to be a Laggard!

  • Humility
  • Courage
  • Faithfulness
  • Thankfulness
  • Joyfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control
  • Generosity
  • Godliness
  • Diligence
  • Patience
  • http://www.springofjoy.org Angie

    Servant heart & teachable.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/mvaltrogge MarkAltrogge

      Amen Angie! I thought about including teachable. I'm glad you did. And every leader should be the greatest servant of all. Thanks for these.

  • lisa

    Being an encourager.

    • http://bondchristian.com/ bondChristian

      Yes, I agree with this one the most. Thanks for sharing, Lisa. I thought I was going to have trouble writing something like "encouragerness." :>)

      -Marshall Jones Jr.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/mvaltrogge MarkAltrogge

        I think you just coined a new word, Marshall!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/mvaltrogge MarkAltrogge

      Excellent Lisa! Thanks.

  • http://facesoflions.wordpress.com Dave Wilson


    And I mean spiritually.

    However, based on some of the church picnics I've been to…

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/mvaltrogge MarkAltrogge

      Great Dave!

      I like this one – I hadn't thought of it, but now I'm thinking Hunger for God, hunger for his glory, hunger to see the kingdom come. I recently read that a leader should have a godly kind of spiritual dissatisfaction or discontentment. Thanks

  • http://bondchristian.com/ bondChristian

    You should link up some of the words to previous posts. I was about to try to do it for you in this comment, but you don't have a search box here. I know you have a couple articles, though, that I can think of that cover some of those characteristics. Nice list, though.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/mvaltrogge MarkAltrogge

      Thanks Marshall! It's been motivating for me to think through some of these qualities. And I'm grateful for the ones that have been suggested as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1121245514 Peggy Buckley

    vision and faith

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/mvaltrogge MarkAltrogge

      Outstanding Peggy. Both of these are critical. I think faith is especially critical, because, as you know, both leaders and churches face many obstacles, challenges, and trials that require faith.

  • http://tbcworshipteam.blogspot.com/ JackW

    I think your list points to servant-hood. Want to be a good christian leader? Be a lead servant. My new word would be servantship.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mvaltrogge MarkAltrogge

    Thanks, Jack. I like your phrase "lead servant" – Good word – "servantship" – I think you just coined a new word to add to Marshall's "encouragerness"

  • Kati

    I would have to say being willing to listen. A godly leader is willing to listen to others' advice and suggestions (and then apply those changes, if need be…).

    Thank you so much for your website! I am encouraged every time I read it. =D

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/mvaltrogge MarkAltrogge


      I agree. Being willing to listen is huge. Especially to others' advice, suggestions, criticisms, observations and concerns. And yes, to apply appropriate changes. Great!

      Thanks for your encouragement.

  • John Cordero

    As a U.S. Marine, I will share the following Marine Corps Leadership Traits:



    • http://intensedebate.com/people/mvaltrogge MarkAltrogge

      These are some really excellent ones, John. I hadn't thought of some of them. I especially like Enthusiasm. Every Christian leader should be enthusiastic – we're dealing with incredible wonderful spiritual realities like salvation and union with Christ – how can every Christian leader (and every Christian) not be enthusiastic? Thanks!