20 Characteristics of a Christ-like Leader

September 28, 2009 by Paul Chappell

leader_prayingAlmost everyone is called to lead in some capacity. A father spiritually leads the home; parents lead their child; a teacher leads the class; an employer leads employees; a pastor leads the church; a senior leads younger students. Everyone leads someone.

In whatever leadership position(s) God has placed each of us, we should strive to model Christ-like leadership. Following are 20 attributes that I believe characterize the life and leadership style of a biblical, Christ-like leader:

  1. He is a follower of Jesus Christ.
  2. He is willing to deny himself.
  3. He is submissive to and filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
  4. He possesses and practices discipline in his life.
  5. He reads the Word of God and good books consistently.
  6. He seeks, asks for, and uses God’s wisdom.
  7. He is sincere and deeply cares.
  8. He has godly friends and stays accountable.
  9. He knows how to forgive.
  10. He finds his acceptance in Jesus.
  11. He prays for others.
  12. He helps others succeed.
  13. He knows the difference between ambition and vision.
  14. He is able to articulate vision.
  15. He possesses a sense of urgency for God’s work.
  16. He stands on strong convictions.
  17. He is kind.
  18. He has a growing love for Jesus Christ.
  19. He loves his family.
  20. He loves the local church.

This list could intimidate us because none of us can embody these qualities on our own. Don’t let this list discourage you, but let it direct you to the power of God. Surely, with God’s calling comes God’s enabling. If He has called you to lead, then His power can make you what you ought to be.


  1. Amen…
    Great Post….

    Comment by Chris Cline — September 28, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

  2. What a great post Pastor and you certainly embody those traits.

    Comment by Kim Yamaguchi — September 29, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

  3. I really needed this! Thank you so much for posting!

    Comment by Jeremy P. Wakefield — September 30, 2009 @ 8:05 am

  4. i will like more of your write ups on leaders

    Comment by Pastor Chris Osemene — November 5, 2012 @ 2:40 am

  5. Loved this summation of Christ like leadership.

    Comment by Deb — November 14, 2015 @ 4:28 am

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