Leaders need character

Leadership is about having character, but what does that really mean? Well, it’s not just about having a great personality or lots of talents and gifts. I’ve met leaders who have dynamic and charismatic personalities but lack character. And I’ve also met highly gifted leaders who lack character, despite their amazing talents.

Character is certainly one of the most important, but lacking ingredients in today’s leadership. But don’t worry, every leader is born with a space inside of them where character can grow. You may have been born with many talents, but character is something that develops over time. It’s not an easy task, but it’s necessary in these times we live in.

Building character is a lifelong process that starts at birth and ends at death? To grow your character, you need to trust the process. It’s not something that happens overnight or by simply watching a YouTube video or reading a book about it. Building character is a lifetime journey, from birth to death, woven into the fiber of our daily living.

The word ‘character‘ has its roots in Greek. It means to engrave, scratch, or etch. The idea is that something created by an artist or engraver should remain the way it was originally intended to be. It carries integrity of structure and remains stable and constant, regardless of the changes around it.

Think about the statue of David by Michelangelo, which has held its shape and form for more than 500 years. It has remained true to its original form, regardless of how many people have touched it or how many opinions have been expressed about it. This is character.

As a leader, you want to remain true to your original form and carry stability and integrity within you. You want your followers to trust that you will stay true to who you are, even when things around you are changing. If we allow our character to develop and mature, we can withstand outside pressures and stay true to our original form. And remember, our original form is in the shape of God. He has etched us in His image, so let’s be true to that.

So, as a question to ponder, do you see your suffering as part of God’s journey with you to form you into your original image, His image?

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