Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46: 1, 10 (NKJV)
Godly, effective associational leaders are spiritual leaders, walking with the Lord in His Word and in prayer daily. They are feeding themselves, dependent on and trusting in the Lord, His Word, and His Spirit more than they lean on their own understanding (Prov. 3:5-6).