Leadership Character

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“Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.” 
1 Timothy 3:2-3

With this being an election year, the American people are looking for a leader. But what exactly is a leader? A leader is someone who not only is effective in positively influencing others, but who also demonstrates the character of a leader. People want  leaders they can trust to do what they say.  One’s character is what makes trust possible.   This is true for all leaders, whether they are political, business or church leaders.

I believe that there are 5 basic characteristics of a leader:

First, they must have integrity. It means they say what they mean and do what they say. Too often leaders lose credibility because they do not follow through on their commitments.

Second, they must have wisdom. This is more than knowledge and reflects a leader’s ability to analyze information and make positive and correct choices and decisions. Leaders lose influence when they make poor decisions or bad choices.

Third, they must have humility. Leaders must put the needs of others above themselves. Nobody likes a self-serving leader. Leaders lose support when they focus on their goals instead of the needs of their followers.

Fourth, they must encourage others. Leadership is not about the leader, but it is about the followers. Leaders who serve and encourage their followers are more successful than those who don’t. Leaders lose followers when they focus on themselves.

Fifth, they must empower others. Leaders who won’t delegate or develop other leaders restrict their own potential and that of others. Leaders lose momentum and growth when they don’t tap into the capabilities of others.

The conduct of a leader is also reflective of their character. There are 7 ways a leader ought to conduct themselves according to 1 Timothy 3:2-3 above:

1. Be above reproach – no one doubts their character
2. Be self-controlled – they are disciplined
3. Be respectable – people look up to them
4. Be hospitable – they are open and welcoming
5. Be able to teach – they instruct and educate others
6. Be gentle – they respect others and are not harsh with their words
7. Be a servant – they focus on people, not money

These qualities from the Bible define the conduct of a true leader. We must always endeavor to look for them when following leaders or electing them.

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4 Responses to Leadership Character

  1. Roger Shaw says:

    Great thoughts and good Biblical advice. You just made my day by providing an opening devotion for Sunday’s voter’s meeting.

  2. Wilson Omuse says:

    Sure you are the right people God has choosen to bring revival in the world.

  3. Wilson Omuse says:

    since I started studying this lessons I have been blessed and I have changed the way of leading. I ask those who needs good quality way of leadership and training to join us in.thank you servant of God.

  4. Rajesh P K Maqbool says:

    A must read for the church leaders. Yesterday evening a man came in his car and parked before my car, i gave him signal that i am about to leave the parking area please give me some space but he did not. Since than i was boiling inside but poseing calm out side. Today morning after going through this article the fire inside was doused immidiately. Thank you Barry for thought provoking posts in simple and meaningful way.

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