Successful Leadership

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

3 January 2023

There are leaders and there are followers. The best leaders know how to follow. In a group there can be several leaders. Among a group of leaders there is still one who sets course, directs and motivates others to accomplish the shared goals of the group. The leader clearly articulates the shared goals in perhaps three bullets points, rather than a treatise.   The shared goals are easily understand to be the best way forward.

To paraphrase W.C.H. Prentice: effective leaders take a personal interest in the long term development of their group, and they use tact and other social skills to encourage others to achieve their best. It isn’t about being “nice” or “understanding”, it’s about tapping into individual motivations in the interest of furthering an organization wide goal. (1)

In its simplest form, leadership is influencing other people to follow. Therefore, anyone who can influence people to follow them has leadership qualities.

Leadership happens at all levels within groups, organizations and society, not just among those who work in defined “leadership positions.”

Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal.

Leadership involves making sound, and sometimes difficult, decisions, creating and articulating a clear vision, establishing achievable goals and providing followers with the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve those goals.

Leaders should not possess or display power; force or the threat of harm to enter into his dealings (1). Leaders can not expect others to willing follow him if he has just waged a campaign against that member to prevent that member from being a part of that group.

Revenge and grudges are not favored qualities of successful leaders.

Leaders who retaliate in kind or degree for having a different opinion are not trusted and don’t earn mutual respect and loyalty. 

Leaders who carry a grudge and have a feeling of deep seated resentment or ill will toward another member would have a very difficult time encouraging the other member.  It has been said those who carry a grudge are drinking the poison they meant for the other member.

How long would you stick around someone who constantly berates you in public or private or behind your back.

We generally like leaders would understand us and our situation and posses the peace and strength to accomplish what needs to be done while bringing people together.

We generally don’t like and don’t trust cheaters, backbiters, liars or bullies.  Those who lie, cheat, steal their way their way into a position of leadership are really no better than domestic terrorists.

When it is time to choose leaders choose wisely.

In the event a liar or cheater steals their way their way into a position of leadership there is usually proscribed way to remove them. We live in a Constitutional Republic not under a dictatorship.  Dictators usually lie, cheat, steal their way their way into a position of leadership.

When it is time to choose leaders choose wisely and listen to God’s guidance.  

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Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ)  and




7 Responses to Successful Leadership

  1. Part of the problem is that the American people themselves vote for dysfunctional leadership. They vote for the “cool” candidate instead of the one who can actually do the job. This has become increasingly evident in our elections.

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    • Thank you for sharing your comments.

      I think that is part of the problem, some are swayed by ads which are not factual. Another problem is who controls the counting of the votes. I’m adding a picture and links shortly.

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  2. Equipping says:

    Thanks for your like of my post, “The Kingdom Of God – Overview.” You are very kind.

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