Leadership 101: Character or Competence?

12 04 2010

Spiritual leadership requires two major attributes: competence and character. However, when we think of leaders, competence often overshadows character.  Competence is the outward skills to accomplish God’s ministry. Character is the inward life of complete devotion to Christ. Competence is  important to a leader, but Character is CRITICALLY important. Why?

In Matthew 10:24-25, Jesus tells us that the student will become like his teacher. As a leader, you are an example.  The decisions you make, the language you use, the actions you take, your behavior, your attitude, and habits, both good and bad, may be imitated in the life of those you lead. As a spiritual leader, you are called to authentically model Christlike character. As you grow and mature in your devotion to Christ, others will grow with you and they will grow like you.

How is your example of Christlike character? What are those you lead imitating from your life…good and bad? What area of your life…language, actions, behavior, attitude, habits…do you need to address?

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. 1 Peter 2:21

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