7 Traits of A Great Leader – Farmer

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 Kenny Silva's Blog | Faith Based Leadership | FarmerNext in our exploration of the 7 Traits of A Great Leader, we’ll be looking at the farmer…

“It is the hard working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.” 2 Tim 2:6

Today, we’ll keep it short and to the point…

  • A farmer is early to rise. See John 8:2.
  • A leader is the first to show up and is enthusiastic in pursuit of his vision.
  • A farmer knows that to reap in abundance, he must sow in even more abundance. See 2 Cor 9:6.
  • A leader knows that to truly build something great, he must invest tirelessly in his people.
  • A farmer takes responsibility for reaping the specific crops of the specific seeds which he has sown. See Gal 6:8.
  • A leader knows the things that he needs to do and he does them. He knows those things that he doesn’t need to do and he doesn’t do them.
  • A farmer is patient, allowing his crops to grow and mature before harvesting. See Psalm 126:5.
  • A leader sacrifices short term success at the hands of compromise for the sake of long-term success and the fulfillment of a vision.
  • A farmer is diligent in tending his fields. See Prov 20:4.
  • A leader does the important and difficult work necessary to succeed.
  • A farmer protects his land. See John 10:11.
  • A leader stands up for his vision, defends it passionately, and empowers his followers to do the same.
  • A farmer holds himself accountable for his yield. See Matt 25:14-30.
  • A leader isn’t afraid to take responsibility for his organization or his team’s success.

As a leader, what can you learn from the farmer?

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4 Responses to 7 Traits of A Great Leader – Farmer

  1. Morgan MacGavin October 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    I really love this series you are doing, Kenny! I believe something I take away from the farmer is continuing to plant and harvest even in seasons of drought or rough weather. That persistence and nurturing will eventually yield great results.

    • Kenny Silva October 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

      Thanks, Morgan. You're absolutely right. Persistence in the pursuit of vision is very important.

  2. Brian Taylor October 15, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    Kenny, great thoughts here. "A leader sacrifices short term success at the hands of compromise for the sake of long-term success and the fulfillment of a vision." That is a simple truth, but such a profound impact, especially in today's world. Everything is instant-gratification at any cost.

    Looks like there are more posts in the series, looking forward to checking them out!

    PS: Thanks for the twitter follow.

    • Kenny Silva October 15, 2010 at 10:44 am #

      Thanks so much for reading my post and contributing, Brian. We do live in a world of instant gratification and the temptation is always there to compromise; to grasp something that may seem good right now, but will negatively impact our long-term goals. We've got to rise above that temptation daily.

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