Saturday, January 24, 2009

5 Requirements For Every Leader...(Pt. 4,5)

Here are the last two of the requirements. You need to be clear and you need to have character. I have struggled with clarity on many occasions and it has hurt my leadership. The most important of all of these requirements though is that of character. If you have no foundation, there is nothing for God to build on. You can restore clarity easily, but not character. Check out these leadership thoughts below.

4. CLARITY

Uncertain times require clear directives from those in leadership. Yet the temptation for young & immature leaders is to allow uncertainty to leave them paralyzed.

“The secret to concentration is elimination.” Dr. Howard Hendricks

Develop Clarity by determining your priorities. Here are some questions to ask yourself...
-What are my values?
-What are my dreams?
-What are my burdens?
-What are my convictions?
-What are my passions?


You may not be certain about each next step, but you need to be clear about the direction that you are heading.

“Our quarters and one-dollar bills serve as a constant reminder that an occasional bad decision will not disqualify you as a leader. People will follow you if you are wrong. They will not follow if you are clear.”

“Saying “I don’t know” when you don’t know is a sign of good leadership. Pretending to know when you don’t know is a sign of insecurity. The only person a pretender deceives is himself.”

5. CHARACTER

You can lead without character, but your won’t be a leader worth following. Character provides next generation leaders with the moral authority necessary to bring together the people and resources needed to further the Kingdom.

“Character is the will to do what’s right even when it’s hard.” Key thought- All Leadership is built on trust!.

Make a vow to maintain your integrity
“Make every effort to be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with him” (2 Peter 3:14).
Make a vow to forgive those who hurt you.
“Make every effort to live in peace with all men. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up” (Hebrews 12:14-15).
Make a vow to relax and trust God.
Anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter into God’s rest” (Hebrews 4:11).
Make a vow to be an encourager. 
“Let us make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (Romans 14:19).
Make a vow to be a peacemaker. 
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).
Make a vow to never stop growing.
“Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive…” (2 Peter 1: 5-8).

Character is not made in crisis, it is only exhibited.