Leadership: Character Before Talent

Leadership, Bible, Christian Living, John C Maxwell, Leading, God,Character , Maxwell Leadership, Building Character, Personal DevelopmentFor the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths. His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the cords of his sin. He shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. ~Proverbs 5:21-23

How many leaders have ruined their lives and damaged the lives of others through immorality? Character has become a crucial issue today precisely because of the myriad of leaders in the political, business, and religious worlds who have fallen morally. No doubt they fall partly because the enemy has targeted leaders for attack. Leaders need to remember that they influence many others beyond themselves; they never fall in a vacuum. They also need to realize that replacing fallen leaders is a slow and difficult process.So how can we guard against falling? First, we must take care not to emphasize the gifts of a leader over his or her character. We have an unhealthy tendency to see and reward the gift more than the character, but both are to be developed. We must strike the following balance if we are to finish well:

Gift Deposited = Character Built

What I Am What I Do The Result
Humble Rely on God God’s Power
Visionary Set Goals High Morale
Convictional Do Right Credibility

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