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'The Difference Between a Good leader and a Great Leader' Kris Vallotton Word/Video

Leadership is more than just a title or position; it’s about the profound impact you can have on those around you. The truth is, if someone is watching and learning from your journey—you are a leader. Yet, stepping into the role of a leader is one thing; becoming a good, or even great leader, is another.

This week, on the Cultural Catalysts podcast, I had the privilege of exploring the topic of “Developing Great Leaders” with Rory Helart, Bethel’s Youth Director and seasoned life coach. During our conversation, Rory made a powerful statement: “I believe a great leader is someone who builds, develops, and promotes the people around them, launching them to go further than you could ever go.” This notion dismantles the myth that great leaders are simply born; they are, in fact, forged through their unwavering commitment to elevate those around them, by celebrating their gifting and callings, even when they surpass their own.

Throughout my years of ministry, I've repeatedly witnessed this journey, as emerging leaders are raised up and launched into what God has called them to. It is very fulfilling! However, this journey is not without its trials — especially when those we mentor not only surpass us in education, talent, and anointing but do so in areas closely connected to our own heavenly callings. It’s in these moments, when our insecurities surface, that the true test of leadership lies. I have had many moments where my emotions are taking me south but my WILL drives me north to promote and empower once again.

The difference between a good leader and great leader is what you do with your insecurity. How you manage your insecurity will determine what God can entrust you with.

Jesus, our perfect example, said it this way in Matthew 20:26-28, “whoever wants to become prominent among you shall be your servant…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” This profound truth highlights the core of true leadership: not in being served, but in serving others.

The truth is, becoming the leader God has appointed you to be doesn't happen overnight. It's a path marked by humility and vulnerability with God and community and a relentless effort to build others up.

My prayer as you listen to this episode of Cultural Catalysts is that you are equipped with practical tools and confidence from the Spirit of God to unlock the leadership He has entrusted you with. I challenge you to take a step of faith with humility, embracing the challenges and triumphs that will mold you into the leader you are called to be.

Much grace,

Kris Vallotton




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