Have you determined your core beliefs? (208-1)
A leader’s character is obvious even to those who may not agree with their values, leadership style or philosophy. Read Luke 20:19-26.
As Jesus became more widely known among the people of Judea He drew the attention of some of the religious leaders who felt threatened by His popularity with the people. Much like what happens in an election year in America, the first order of business by Jesus’ opponents was to discredit Him before the crowds. Individuals were sent with specific questions that were designed to entrap Jesus. Interesting that they prefaced their questions with “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth…” God-honoring leaders demonstrate such integrity with their character that even those seeking to do them harm can’t discredit their example.
Character-driven leaders develop core beliefs concerning which character traits they will live by. It is these beliefs that control their everyday decisions, their actions, and their attitude. A leader who determines that honesty isn’t just the best policy but it is the only policy will be honest. Honest leaders will keep their word even when it has the possibility to ruin them (see Psalm 15). A leader who determines fairness isn’t merely the best policy but it is the only policy will be fair, without favoritism, even if they have family members working alongside others in their organization. A dependable leader isn’t dependable only at critical times or when others are watching but they are dependable all the time and their team, and everyone who knows them, knows what their example will be.
Have you determined your core beliefs concerning who you are and the character traits you will live by? Have you compromised your integrity at times for the deal or to maintain a relationship? Are you aware that you can determine which character traits you hold dear and you can start that process no matter your history or your age? Even leaders who have not demonstrated God-honoring character in the past can change for the future. It may not be easy and you may experience a few failures along the way but you can change who you are and how others see you. Jesus’ character was obvious because it was practiced in His everyday life for everyone to see. Even His enemies knew what to expect from Him when it came to character. If you are falling short of His standard it is worth the effort to change, after all, your legacy depends on it.
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