How To Be A Leader Everyone Wants To Follow

“A leader who has no followers is merely taking a walk.”

I am in constant awe of leaders I see in ministry who have successfully influenced people in their church and are making things happen.

One pastor I know of has increased church attendance and increased financial giving. He has helped create dynamic liturgy with great music, hospitality, and wonderful preaching. He has helped spearhead innovative ministry programs and services that meet the needs of the members of the church. This is a church that people want to be a part of. People drive from all over to attend.

And it has a lot to do with his leadership skills and ability.

As I continue to study great leaders in the church, I can’t help but ask what it is about these individuals that make them stand out as a leader? Below, I offer a list, in no particular order, of things leaders do to be someone that others want to follow.

Looking over this list, I can’t help but wonder which I do well and which I need to work on. For instance, I need to work on talking about their kids and families. Because I have a young daughter, I find myself being asked all the time about my daughter and wife. I’m always happy to share. Then I think to myself, “They have kids and family. I don’t know anything about them.”

Another one I need to work on is not being afraid to disappoint people. As a leader, sometimes I have to make tough decisions that do not make everyone happy. Yet, if I believe it is the best decision for my ministry, then I need to be okay with disappointing a few people. That’s hard to do for someone who is a people-pleaser.

Question: Which one do you need to work on? What would you add to this list?

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.

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