What could we do to dramatically increase our world-wide influence for Christ?
You are a leader. You may work in a bank, sales, drive a bus, or work in a factory. You may be a manager, supervisor or maybe you work in a small business. Whatever your title, each of us individually and collectively demonstrate character.
Scripture confirms, “This is my commandment: love one another the way I loved you.” (John 15:12 MSG) Think about it. Christians should be known by their love for others. Are we demonstrating God’s love daily?
“Christians are held to a different standard, no matter what their titles.” (Crane and Hamel, Executive Influence)
Think about the phenomenal difference in your family work, neighborhood church or city. Imagine for a minute if we all demonstrated the positive character traits of good character, honesty, accountability, caring, courage, fairness, humbleness, loyalty, kindness, passion and patience. The Christian demonstrating God’s love at work would also fully embrace organizational values, speak well of those in authority and will hold to a strong set of moral values.
Christian leaders are centered on Christ.
“Leadership is all about character … the word character comes from the Greek word for ‘stylus.’ It is an instrument used either to carve a piece of wood or to mark a piece of papyrus. It carves, marks and shapes. All leaders must have character and must embrace their character. I have a role to play in the story of God. At the same time, I am to play that role with integrity and grace, which means I have character that can be measured as good or lacking goodness. My character is good to the degree that it grows Christ in other people.” (Dan B. Allender, Leading with a Limp.)
Secular research indicates “85% of a leaders’ performance depends on their personal character, qualities of their heart.” (Warren Bennis, The Leadership Advantage) Are you and I showing God’s love through our character?
Leadership is … showing God’s love through exceptional love and care for others.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Author, Leadership is Devotions for Servant Leaders