Leaders encompass many different aspects. Depending on who you ask, there are several things that could come to mind as you think of what a leader is. But there is one thing that really makes a leaders stand out ahead of others.
The 1 Thing to Look for in a Leader is………………………………………………………………………………Language.
Language is one of those things that every single person uses on a daily basis. I have a fundamental belief when it comes to language. It can be used for good or for evil. (Take a look at Proverbs 10:11). In my years working with students, I have found that there is a warped view of language out there, especially among Christians. The common consensus is that God doesn’t like it when we use bad (cussing, etc.) language. Therefore Christians should refrain from using bad language. While I agree with this on a basic level, I feel there is so much more God cares about than just the words we choose to use. A classmate of mine used to say that words don’t have meanings, but meanings, sentences, and groups of words have meanings. Sure words have definitions, but his basic point is that simply suing a word doesn’t do anything. It’s the heart behind your use of words that God cares about.
I am a huge fan of quotes. I love to see how others have chosen to put words together to get a certain message across. Real leaders have mastered their use of words, to help share their heart with their audience. One great example of this is a quote from President Ronald Reagan.
“Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed your best hopes, not your worship fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way”
The thing I find so fascinating about this quote from Ronald Reagan is NOT what he says. Rather, it is the language that he chose to use. He could have talked about what he had just accomplished, or what he planned to do in the future. Rather he chose to uplift his listeners. He met the “hopes, NOT fears” he appealed to us with “confidence, NOT doubts” He was looking at the positive things. Are the leaders you follow similar to everybody else (and focus on the negative aspects of what they are talking about) or do they “appeal to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts?”