6 Characteristics of Global Leaders

As I’ve worked with leaders around the world, I’ve identified these six characteristics as being fairly consistent in leaders who have a “global” focus. I hope that these show up in my life as well!


These leaders know what they are called to do and they are focused on doing it.

Oswald Chambers writes: “Joy comes from seeing the complete fulfillment of the specific purpose for which I was created and born again, not from successfully doing something of my own choosing.”


When asked, “Why do you get up in the morning?” there’s an immediate answer that comes from deep inside their soul.

Passion: “An intense or overpowering emotion such as love, joy, hatred anger.”


There’s a genuine love for God’s people, a desire to serve them, to love them, to bring hope to them, and to impact them. Loving people is difficult, but these leaders see the value and are all about being a part of transformation in their lives.


Two key words that many of us don’t like: Focus and Balance.

The bottom line is that leaders have to understand that this means for them.

Focus: The ability to determine what needs to be done and to stick with it until the task is accomplished.

Balance: The necessity to maintain your personal, family, and primary relationships while, at the same time, accomplish a given task with purpose and passion.

Leaders who I’ve seen “fall” have compromised both of these foundational issues.


The proverb says: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

These leaders want to work together to build His Kingdom, not their own.

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.”


Perseverance: “Steady and continued action or belief, usually over a long period and especially despite difficulties or setbacks.”

Leadership is lonely, hard, frustrating, all-encompassing, trying, and a bunch of other words that probably describe it a lot better.

Perseverance means you “stick with it,” especially when it’s tough.

You stick with it when you’re tired, when you don’t understand what’s happening, and especially when you feel like quitting and running.

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