Read Ezra 7
Focus on verse 10
Strong leaders tend to have certain characteristics in common. It is these three principles that make them effective in leading people. Leaders who fail seriously in any one of these areas tend to fail as leaders.
Ezra was a scribe of the tribe of Levi, descended from the line of Aaron, the brother of Moses. He was an effective leader of the exiles who returned with him because he “had it in his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach this statutes and rules in Israel.” (v. 10)
Imagine if he had not known the Law of God well enough to teach it. Or if he had known it but not practiced it. Or even if he had known it and practiced it, but not bothered to teach it to those who followed him. A failure in any one of those areas would have seriously impaired if not entirely compromised his ability to lead people. Who wants to follow a leader that does not know his material? Who wants to follow a leader who does not practice what he teaches? How long would you follow a leader who does not share with his followers the secrets of his or her success?
Three simple principles; study, do, teach. It seems so simple yet it is harder than it seems to consistently apply these principles. There are many who attempt to lead who try to fake their way through it. If they are naturally charismatic personalities they might succeed for a time, however, the truth tends to find its way to the light of day. The best leaders are diligent students of their field of study, are disciplined in the way they apply what they learn, and find creative ways to freely share their secrets with those who follow. This kind of leader typically has an abundance of followers.