Successful Leaders

Good leaders are as rare as eagles!  Many desire to lead, but few are willing to pay the cost of leadership. Some people are successful, and others are strong leaders; however, few are “successful leaders” over a long period of time.  As I have faced the challenges of leadership in recent years, I have longed to learn from others how to cope with the constant demands of leadership.

When a survey was taken and people were asked, “Of the successful people that you have met, which of the following is the main reason for their success?”, they responded:  hard work (40%), determination (38%), knowledge (7%), luck (5%), contacts (5%), all of the above (2%), do not know/other (3%).  Successful leadership demands diligence and persistence.  Success in any area requires a willingness to learn.  While strong leaders must be “in control”, successful leaders allow their followers to grow.  Here are five proven principles for leading others:

(1) Find the right person for the right job.

(2)  When a person accepts a job, make sure that he or she understands your vision and the mission of the organization..  

(3)  Tell the person that you trust them, and that you have confidence in them.

(4)  Clearly let them know what you expect from them in fulfilling the vision and the mission of the organization.

(5)  Leave them alone to do the work.

My friend Lorne Sanny is one of the greatest leaders that I have known.  He led a growing Christian organization for thirty years.  He states that, “Leaders bring vision, faith, and courage to coordinated effort.”

                 Vision   –                To see what ought to be done

                 Faith    –       –      To believe it can be done

                 Courage        –      To persevere until it is done

While some of us are more inclined to lead than others, each of us can lead in some area of our lives.  As successful people, all of us must learn to be followers.  Sanny gives us the four questions each of us needs to ask of our leader in order to become successful followers:

(1)    What am I supposed to do?

(2)    Will you let me do it?

(3)    Will you help me when I need it?

(4)  Will you let me know how I am doing?

Success takes hard work and determination!  May we all be lifted to a higher level of accountability both as leaders and followers.

Learning to lead successful

Kent Humphreys


(Originally written 7-98)



About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

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