Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel


Nephi, leadership, Church of Jesus Christ, example

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Leaders and scholars in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have, at various times, attempted to identify what constitutes leadership traits. There are no universal leadership traits that predict a leader’s effectiveness in all situations. Elder Neal A. Maxwell, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, made the following comment: “While most of us can recognize good leadership when we experience or observe it, it is hard for us to isolate controlling traits in a clear-cut way.” Each situation requires specific traits relating to the task at hand. These traits will develop uniquely to individuals and in the contexts in which they function. By faithfully practicing correct principles and petitioning the Lord for the associated spiritual gifts, one can learn and improve as a leader.