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Three Traits of a Leader


If a leader demonstrates competency, genuine concern for others, and admirable character, people will say, "I like what that person is doing. I'm going to follow him."
J. Richard Chase

Leadership begins with one person — the leader. A thousand people may be led or a dozen management skills exercised, but ultimately the leadership equation may be reduced to a lone person, one individual whom people follow.

What is a leader like? What qualities set this person apart?

These questions of character occupy the first two interviews. The first is with J. Richard Chase, since 1982 president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

Dick was formerly president of Biola University in La Mirada, California. During his twelve-year tenure, enrollment grew from 1,800 to 3,100 students, and graduate offerings were expanded greatly through Talbot Theological Seminary and Rosemead School of Psychology. Dick has served on numerous boards, including those of Mission Aviation Fellowship, the Christian College Coalition, ...

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