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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams 

Some of the greatest leaders weren’t given a “leader” title, but their personal lives and actions inspired others and it became obvious to everyone that they were destined to lead. I want to discuss what I call the 3 Essentials that every leader must have in order to inspire others:

  • Be Willing to Evolve
  • Be a Risk Taker
  • Doing Good

Be Willing to Evolve

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:2 (NLT)

An inspiring leader must be willing to continually change and grow for that is what cultivates a learning culture. Few questions to consider:

Do you have a positive or negative attitude about change?

  1. I hate change. Leave me alone.
  2. I don’t like changing, but I will do it.
  3. Let’s get to it, I’m ready to change.

What was the last thing you changed in your character?

  1. Your work ethic?
  2. Your punctuality?
  3. Your diet?
  4. Work-out habits?
  5. Your integrity? (Doing what you said you would do)

What is the one thing, if you changed, will inspire others around you?

  1. Developing a positive attitude
  2. Helping others
  3. Working hard

Be a Risk Taker

Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”

1 Samuel 14:6-7 (NIV)

An inspiring leader must be courageous for courage is contagious!

Examples of Courage – Telling the truth, sacrificing for others, standing up for what you believe, choosing to obey the Bible over your feelings, etc.

Few questions to consider:

  • What will courage look like for you?
  • What have you shrunk back from doing because you are lacking courage?
  • Who would be inspired by your courage? At work? In your home? In your neighborhood? Amongst your friends?
  • Who around needs you to be courageous?

Doing Good

Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.

Hebrews 13:7 (NLT)

An inspiring leader’s progress inspires others to want to lead!

A few questions to consider:

  • Who is watching your life because they look up to you?
  • Is doing good an important part of your life or schedule?
  • What opportunities do you have to do good?

To inspire is great, to inspire is incredible


Martin Oji

Martin Oji is a contributor to BACC Inspire. He works with college students and young professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Martin is the 4th best basketball player on the Inspire roster.

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