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The Apostle Paul's Top 21 Leadership Traits


Mike Mack invites leaders to use this list to continue growing in their leadership … or even for accountability purposes.

Today in our men’s group we discussed Acts 20. As I read and prepared for our discussion, I noticed 21 character traits of the apostle Paul. Look over this list, and then take time to assess yourself as a leader. Which 3-5 of these are you doing well? Put a star next to these. Well done, good and faithful servant! Now, on which 3-5 of these do you need some improvement? Circle those. 

  1. Humble (v. 19).
  2. Servant-heart (19). 
  3. Integrity. Never hesitated to preach the Word, no matter what the consequences (20). 
  4. Committed. Devoted to teaching God’s Word regardless of the venue (20).
  5. Unprejudiced. Taught everyone…both Jews and Gentiles (21).
  6. Compassionate. Had a heart for bringing lost people to Christ (21).
  7. Spirit-Led, not led his own thoughts and plans (22).
  8. Fearless; total trust in God (22).
  9. Spirit-filled. He listened to the internal promptings of the Holy Spirit (23).
  10. Faithful. He had a proper perspective on life – and death, and he persevered (24).
  11. Visionary: He could leave this earth knowing he had done all he could do, with no regrets (26).
  12. Passionate. He never held anything back. People got 100% of the Good News (27). 
  13. Shepherd. He cared for and invested into people (28). (See their response to him in vv. 37, 38!)
  14. Shepherd-developer (28).
  15. Realist. He understood the reality of spiritual warfare (30).
  16. Warrior. He cared about the church and wanted them to be protected against the evil one (31).
  17. Not greedy or even interested in the world’s riches (33).
  18. Diligent; not lazy (34).
  19. Responsible (34).
  20. Giving (35). 
  21. Pray-er (36).

What next step will you take as a leader to continue growing in your leadership characteristics? Who will you share this with . . . someone who can help hold you accountable?     

Mike Mack

Mike Mack

Michael C. Mack founded in 1995 and has served as a small-groups minister in several churches. He is a writer, editor, trainer, and consultant in the areas of small groups, leadership, and discipleship. He is the author of more than a dozen books and small group studies, including his latest, Small Group Vital Signs. He also regularly blogs at His family is a small group that includes his wife Heidi, their four children, and their dog, Lainey. Mike is also an avid mountain biker.

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