a good leader


President David O. McKay, in the October 1968 general conference, spoke about several traits that characterize a successful leader or teacher in the Church:

  1. 1. 
    Implicit faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ as the light of the world, and a sincere desire to serve him. This condition of the soul will make for companionship and guidance of the Holy Ghost.”
  2. 2. 
    Unfeigned love for the … members, guided by determination to deal justly and impartially with every member of the Church. Honor the … member, and the … member will honor you.”
  3. 3. 
    Thorough preparation. The successful leader knows his [or her] duties and responsibilities and also the members under his [or her] direction.”
  4. 4. 
    Cheerfulness—not forced but natural cheerfulness, springing spontaneously from a hopeful soul” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1968, 144).

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