What Makes a Great Leader?

By Kristi Porter, September 19, 2016

This question has dominated conversations, built organizations, inspired conferences, spawned podcasts and filled the shelves of bookstores. Yet we continue to try to define the answer—a process without the promise of perfection. The good news is that great leaders can be found everywhere. In fact, it doesn’t take someone famous to teach you how to become one, only the person one step ahead of you. And whether you find your leadership mentors across the table, onstage, online or in books, chances are they share some common values and qualities worth noting as you develop your own abilities.

Connect Faith spoke with four faith conference industry leaders from organizations of different shapes and sizes to get their takes on what makes a person worth following.

Tyler Reagin Catalyst Conference Leadership Leader Development Event PlannerTyler Reagin
Executive Director, Catalyst

Reagin leads the charge for all Catalyst events, which exist to embolden leaders from around  the world. He also serves the team internally, leading the development coaching of the staff. Reagin received a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to his position at Catalyst, he served at Browns Bridge Church (a campus of North Point Ministries in Cumming, Georgia) as service programming director.




Holly Moore Growing Leaders Leadership Development Conference Event PlannerHolly Moore
Vice President and COO, Growing Leaders

Moore has worked to create cost-effective leader development training programs that produce positive outcomes for Growing Leaders, a nonprofit that seeks to teach leadership and career skills to students. She has more than 10 years of executive experience with nonprofits. Moore is also a certified practitioner for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator,  consulting with individuals and groups to present characteristics of the different psychological types and how they apply to relationships and team dynamics.




Brad Scholle The reThink Group Orange Conference Leader Leadership DevelopmentBrad Scholle
Event Logistics Director, The reThink Group

Scholle has been a part of the reThink/Orange team since 2007, following his role at Catalyst as events director. He holds a degree in finance from University of Missouri and is an avid follower of Missouri sports teams. Scholle and his wife, Jennifer, live in Suwanee, Georgia, where they are most passionate about investing their time into serving at Gwinnett Church.




Karen Yang Be the Bridge Leader Leadership Development Conference Planner EventsKaren Yang
Director of Operations, Be the Bridge

Yang’s heart is for restoring individuals, organizations and communities toward God’s intended design. This involves leading change within corporations, and facilitating professional and personal coaching for leaders. Yang has contributed to the formation of Be the Bridge, a ministry committed to racial unity within the church, where she assists with strategy development.

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