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Reform Magazine | December 1, 2023

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A good question: What makes a good leader?

A good question: What makes a good leader?

One question, four answers

‘A good leader is also a follower’

There are many right answers to this question – and if recent events in British politics are anything to go by, quite a few wrong ones too!…

David Salsbury is the Programme Manager for Stepwise and Coordinator of the United Reformed Church’s Church Leadership Programme


‘They will act with integrity’

I am a few weeks into my new job as director of Theos thinktank, so naturally I’ve been thinking a lot about my own leadership style and what makes someone a good leader…

Chine McDonald is Director of Theos think tank and the author of God Is Not a White Man: And other revelations, published by Hodder & Stoughton


‘Leadership is about being’

Three things make a good leader. First, a sense of calling; second, an understanding of the purpose (the why) of the calling; and third, a good character….

Lord Elorm-Donkor is Principal of Birmingham Christian College, Selly Oak, and District Pastor of the Birmingham District of the Church of Pentecost UK


‘Issuing orders cannot build trust’

This is an interesting question for a Quaker. The Society of Friends has prospered for over three and a half centuries without leaders. Indeed, we eschew the very concept of individual leadership, instead working out our decision-making and action through a process of shared discernment….

Jill Segger is a writer and the Associate Director of the think tank Ekklesia


This is an extract from an article published in the March 2022 edition of Reform

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