Bad Leaders, Good Leaders and Great Leaders


I’ve started reading Reggie McNeal’s book, Practicing Greatness: Seven Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders.  Ken Blanchard writes in the Foreward about the book:   “greatness… is not a position or a destination, but a quality of leadership that blesses other people.”

Reggie describes four qualities of leaders:

  1. Bad leaders: curse people by diminishing their life; they rob people of hope; they reduce people’s dreams and expectations; they discourage and disparage; they leave people worse off than when they found them.
  2. Good leaders: Good leaders know how to get things done; they keep things going; they assess situations and solve problems; they organize people to accomplish tasks; they help people in the process.  We need more good leaders.
  3. Great leaders: raise the level of blessing for the human race; distinguished by the positive impact on the people they lead; we are desperate for great leaders in every sector of society-politics, social sector, health care, education, the arts, sports, community agencies with the courage and wisdom to face unprecedented challenges in bioethics, global terrorism, economic realignments, the information revolution, etc.
  4. Great spiritual leaders: We are even more desperate for these leaders.  But don’t think that great spiritual leaders are just for the church or Sunday School.  Reggie says that postmodern people do not necessarily link their spirituality to the church.  They take their life issues to the office, to work, to the club etc.  With this reality, great spiritual leaders are needed in business, education, health, science, arts, information field, technology-in every sector and every domain of the city.

What is a great spiritual leader?  Can I be one?  What will it take?  These are questions Reggie will begin to unfold.  I’m looking forward to what he has to say.

In your opinion, what qualities make for a great leader?  Please leave a comment.

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About Steve Morgan

I work in Global Leadership Development with Cru with my wife, Terry. We have been married 30 years and have 4 grown children. We have a Masters in Global Leadership together through Azusa Pacific University. I generally write about 5 “L’s: Living Well, Loving Deeply, Learning Continuously, Leading Courageously and Leaving a Legacy. I occasionally write about Laughing Loudly. Subscribe on the right side to receive an email whenever there is a new post. I invite you to leave your comments so we can dialogue on the various topics and learn from each other. If you are new to the site, you might start with looking at some of the top posts or doing a search on the right side bar for one of the 5 “L’s” that interest you. Or you can view the blog archives for topics. Photo Credit: sarahjoellephotography.com
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