To be considered a leader within the Catholic faith, one does not have to necessarily become a priest, nun, or deacon. Simply spreading the word of the Lord and embracing your Catholic roots to better the world around you can have a highly positive impact, and can help you develop the leadership qualities you didn’t know you had.

To define leadership, this a principle among those who are able to positively influence their surroundings, whether through service themselves or the service of others. The key to strong leadership is being able to focus on others rather than yourself. That being said, the following practices are just a few ways to grow your Catholic leadership abilities.

Disciplined Prayer Schedule

Maintaining a consistent prayer schedule and making time to do so is crucial to develop leadership skills within the faith. One who understands the value of devoting time to prayer and connecting with God is one who will be able to effectively guide others just as the Lord guides us.

Have a Clear Mission

Just as Jesus did himself, having a clear mission and knowing what you want to focus your efforts on is crucial. From Luke 4:18 – “He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Catholic leaders must be willing to help others and show them the value of a life connected to God.

Practice Humility

Treating others as you would like to be treated is not a new concept. However, acting in a leadership position can easily stroke the ego of someone with little experience as a leader, thus potentially leading to arrogance or a sense of entitlement. A strong leader sees him or herself as nothing more than a servant of God. Remain disciplined, but confident.

Promote Catholic Culture

To lead those within the Catholic faith, and even those outside of it, you must study, understand, believe, and confidently defend the core principles and general beliefs of Catholicism. To have faith is to have wisdom, and to teach others this with confidence is one of the best ways to spread that.