Eric Speir

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Three Qualities of Stand Out Leaders

Do you ever wonder why some people always seem to do well no matter what environment they lead in? What qualities make them stand out from the crowd? If you’re going to have enduring leadership you need to have three essential qualities in your life. If you don’t have these you can still get them.

What makes you stand out from the crowd?

We can discover these qualities by looking to the book of Daniel in the Old Testament. Daniel was a prophet in the Old Testament that worked and thrived under two different pagan kings. In fact, he seemed to find a way to get promoted every time. What was it that made him different from the others? I think we can find the answer in Daniel 6:4, “At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.” (Some of our politicians should take lessons from Daniel!)

The three qualities are… (Drum roll please!)

  1. Trustworthy – He was a person of integrity. The king didn’t have to worry if Daniel was truthful. Does your leader have to wonder about this concerning you?
  2. Not corrupt – He wasn’t just looking out for himself or just trying to fill his pockets. Could this be said of you as a leader?
  3. Not negligent – Negligent means to be lazily careless or to fail to carry out or to perform. He did everything with excellence and he made sure that everything was done right. Can your leader trust you to follow through on assigned tasks and to always strive to perform at a high level?

Daniel was so adept at having these qualities that he was employed by two different pagan kings, Darius and Cyrus. (Daniel 6:28) In other words, Daniel made himself indispensable because these qualities were so needed by these kings. These qualities are still needed today!

Great leaders are a dime a dozen in today’s culture but leaders with character are a true jewel. The other benefit of having these qualities is that they inevitably lead to promotion. When king Darius appointed 120 satraps to rule his kingdom he appointed 3 governors to manage them and Daniel was one of the three. Daniel went from working int the mail room to Executive Vice President! That’s not a bad promotion.

Do you have these qualities in your life? If not, then start today by putting them into practice in your life. The key in developing these qualities in your life is to do your best and to look out for the interests of your employer. If you do this then you will put yourself in a position to be trusted and promoted.

What practical steps can you take to put these into practice? What do they look like in practice on your job? Give me your thoughts to these questions in the comment section!

About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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6 Replies

  1. Trust is always important and I am glad that is mentioned. If I can’t trust someone, how am I expected to trust them to lead us in the right direction. Short, simple yet to the point – this post was excellent. 🙂


    1. Eric

      As a leader if we don’t have the trust of the people around us it won’t matter how much charisma or skill that we have because they won’t take the journey with us. If we look back and no one is following us then we are not leading but taking a walk. (I think Maxwell says that!)

  2. Daniel was truly a man beyond reproach. He may seem like a smaller Bible character to most (except for the lion den story), but he was one of the most faithful and spotless men of the Bible.
    Thanks for the reminder about a few of the qualities that made him who he is.

    1. Eric

      It’s funny you mentioned about Daniel being a smaller Bible character to most people. I used to think that but the more and more I read it I realized it wasn’t true. He had more future revelation revealed to him than anyone, except for John on the island of Patmos. I have always been amazed at Daniel’s abilities. He was truly a unique individual. I plan on writing about him more in the future.

      1. Wayne Starkey

        Just a thought about leadership that I heard the other day. If you think you are leading and no one is following than your just out for a walk!

        1. Eric

          This is a good reminder Wayne! The problem is that many leaders don’t look back in time to realize they are by themselves.

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