A MARK OF A true leader is the demonstration of initiative.

We can't just wait for someone else to move; Because people who wait for others to move are just followers, not leaders. Initiative requires an element of risk, faith and foresight.

When was the last time you started something meaningful?

If you don't remember, or it's been a while since you've stepped out of your comfort zone, you may need a jump start.

Reminding that I'm taking inspiration from some of the commentaries by John Maxwell on his Leadership Bible, the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader. 

As I said we would do every week, let's quickly take a look atrecap of the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader.   

21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader:

Character
Charisma
Commitment
Communication
Competence
Courage
Discernment
Focus
Generosity
Initiative
Listening
Passion
Positive Attitude
Problem Solving
Relationships
Responsibility
Security
Self-Discipline
Servanthood
Teachability
Vision

Why do we ever stop initiating new things?


It seems easier to run away from a challenge than to go out and take a risk. When we start something new, we commit to a direction. We may feel insecure about what the future holds.

What if we change our mind? What if no one follows? What if we fail in front of our followers? We start from commitment and initiative for a variety of reasons.

Jonas didn't take the initiative... He did the opposite, he ran away. And sometimes we also run away, but let's understand a little about the reasons why we run away and what the real problem may be.

Reasons and Real Problem:


1. We fear that we will not be able to keep the commitment....

Real Problem: Low sense of security

2. We suspect we can find "greener grass" elsewhere...

Real Problem: Paralyzed will

3. We spend our time and energy only for personal gain... 

Real Problem: Need to control

4. Our past makes trust difficult... 

Real Problem: Emotional baggage

5. We feel lazy and unmotivated... 

Real Problem: Apathy and neutrality

6. We fear the risk of being rejected... 

Real Problem: Low self-esteem.

7. We fear the unknown... 

Real Problem: Low confidence

8. We don't want to lose our freedom... 

Real Problem: Philosophy of self-righteousness

9. We fear being different from others... 

Real Problem: Politically correct

10. We don't really know who we are... 

Real Problem: Lack of identity

Jonas had to learn to take initiative. It all started with learning to submit to God. Submitting to God is a lot deeper than it seems! It’s not just surrendering areas of our life, but fully trusting His good intentions for us. Simple, but very profound. Once we surrender, we can take risk!


Not only can we take risk, but once we accept God's call to initiate and commit:

1. We take responsibility for living a healthy personal life.

2. We have a shift in perspective.

3. We progress toward a new level of personal freedom.

4. We are pleased to see lives transformed.


Another example of initiative, now from a leader who did take initiative is Nehemiah

The Nehemiah Paradigm: Blueprint for Bold Leadership


Nehemiah emerges as a model of initiative, symbolizing the visionary leader who dares to dream and acts with unwavering conviction. His meticulous planning, unwavering faith, and relentless pursuit of excellence set him apart as a beacon of inspiration for leaders across generations. By channeling Nehemiah's spirit of initiative, we unlock the door to boundless possibilities and transformative change.


Qualities of Initiators: Charting the Course for Leadership Excellence


Initiative isn't just a trait; it's a mindset—a way of being that permeates every aspect of our lives. Drawing from the example of Nehemiah, we uncover the key qualities that distinguish initiators from the masses. From clarity of vision to a willingness to embrace risk, these attributes serve as the bedrock upon which leadership excellence is built.

In Closing...

Conclusion: Igniting the Flame of Leadership
In leadership, initiative stands as one of the indispensable qualities that holds it all together. It's a force that bridges the chasm between vision and reality, transforming dreams into deeds and aspirations into achievements. As we glean insights from the narratives of Jonah and Nehemiah, let us answer the call to initiative, embarking on a journey of discovery, growth, and transformation. That is how amazing leaders are formed and grow ever greater, leaving an unforgettable mark on the accounts of history.

🚀 #CharacterBuildingLeadership

Leadership Action Time...

What new thing can you initiate this week that will be impactful? 

It doesn't have to be huge, just something to get started! 


Tassyane Assis
Tassyane Assis

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