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Developing the Heart of a Leader

Danny Mequet | Small Groups Pastor | [email protected]

There is a vast difference between having followers and being worthy of a following. Influential leaders understand the value of becoming a person worth following. Our journey begins when we strive to become the leader God desires us to be.

“Followship is not an accurate indicator of one’s worthiness to be followed. To become a leader worth following, you must give time and attention to the inner man.  To leave a legacy that goes beyond accomplishment alone, a leader must devote himself to the matters of the heart.”

Andy Stanley, The Next Generation Leader


Leaders must be devoted to developing Christ-like character. This commitment is the foundation for becoming a leader worth following.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:9-13

Who we are transcends what we’ve accomplished. Our talents and charisma can carry us to certain levels of success but influential leaders are defined by the core of who they are. If our heart is not aligned with who God has called us to be, then we will unable to successfully lead others.

…guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it

Proverbs 4:23

Lives are transformed when influential leaders lead with intentionality. We become leaders worth following when we help build people to lead with God’s design.

Think about it…

  • Why is cultivating Christ-like character primary to the foundation for becoming a leader worth following?
  • Do you agree with the following statement, “Followship is not an accurate indicator of one’s worthiness to be followed?”  Why?
  • Identify an area in your life you think God is asking you to develop to become a leader worth following.

Prayer point…

Ask God to cultivate Christ-like character in your life to become a leader worth following.

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