A leader is a person who guides others
toward a common goal, showing the way by
example, and creating an environment in
which other team members feel actively
involved in the entire process. A leader is not
the boss of the team but, instead, the person
that is committed to carrying out the mission
of the Venture.
EZRA AND NEHEMIAH REBUILDING THE WALL OF JERUSALEM
You cannot be an aloof leader, someone that is never around
and incapable of getting your hands dirty. One of the best
ways to lead is by example – lending a helping hand and
making sure that the work you do is clearly understood by
your fellowmen (team).
A leader without passion is not a
leader. He is a paper pusher. Or
a taskmaster. Passion drives a
lot, and you can inspire so much
in others through your own
passion and enthusiasm. That
does not mean you have to be
constantly cheery, it means you
have got to believe in what you
are doing and what your
group/team is doing.
A disorganized leader is not
leading, he is chasing his
own tail. Disorganization
breeds nothing but more
If you are frazzled and
messy, your team will be
too. When you’re organized
you will be much more
productive and so will
You cannot do everything.
A great leader needs to be
able to delegate
effectively. The key to
delegating successfully is
ownership of the work you
assign them. They can’t
just feel like they own the
work, they really have to.
and his Orchestra
Although you have just delegated work and
truly given your team ownership, you also
have to take ownership and responsibility at
all times. Your team has to know you’ll be
there for them through the good and the bad
times. That does not mean you absolve
people from making mistakes or ignore
crappy work/effort, but it does mean you
take responsibility for the big picture.
Be precise. Insecure leaders
will often ramble; uninterested
leaders cut things off too
quickly. Whether you are
giving praise, providing
constructive criticism, or
defining goals and to-dos, you
have to figure out how much
to say and in what order. Be
precise, specific and concise.
Get to the point.
(When there is a task needs to be done,
verbalize the instructions in a way you are
understood and ensure that the concerned
people/group is amenable with the idea or
instructions you are giving)
success is also
forget to do.
want to know they
did a good job.
You just have to
Celebrate after a single success to
affirm your group
Be brave when:
◦ There is something wrong with the project the team
◦ Consequences must be faced for shortcomings or
◦ To take all the risks of the actions need to be done
to achieve changes or to make shifts on the present
◦ You have to learn how to present things to your
team in an honest but balanced manner.
A huge part of being a
great communicator is
being a great listener. If all
you want to do is talk, you
are not a leader. Keeping
people motivated means
listening to them, asking
understanding their issues.
When you listen more, you
can respond more
effectively and get to the
heart of things much faster
At a meeting, everyone is
encourage to cite his ideas,
opinions and feelings without
hesitation because the leader
created an opencommunication environment.
You have to know your people. You do not have
to be best friends or even socialize outside
Church service. You need to know something
about their personal lives because their lives
outside the Church service matter. Their lives
outside drive a great deal of their success (or lack
of) or lack of enthusiasm.
Keep track of simple things: birthdays,
marriages, children, etc. The more you know your
people the more common ground you are likely
to find, the more you will be able to connect with
A good team leader is a good
follower. After all, how can
your team look up to you if
you yourself do not have any
respect for the authority?
You are supposed to be the
prime example of how a
person should behave.
Knowing what your followers
are going through makes you
all the more effective as a
Abraham- A good and humble
follower of God
Benjamin Disraeli said, “I must
follow the people. Am I not
their leader?” That sums up
many of the other points so
beautifully. Great leaders are
followers too. If you are a
leader without following, you
are a dictator. And as fun as
that sounds… Being a leaderfollower means finding value
in your team, getting inspired
by your team, encouraging
your team to communicate,
brainstorm and be open.
Very few people are great leaders
overnight. It takes time and practice.
As long as you are open about
learning along the way and working
with your team on leadership versus
dictating to them, most people will be
happy to go on the journey with you.
REV. FR. RUEL V. ABUEL
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
MISS ARLENE N. ALVAREZ, RSW
TULONG-KALINGA FOUNDATION INC.