As an adult you impact others’ lives. Don’t forget that. Your life is on display whether you like it or not, and most of us don’t like it.
Vision, integrity, articulation, courage, and a thick skin—all are the basic requirements for leadership. Other requirements could be added; for the follower of Christ, godliness is essential. Whether in government, business, education, ministry, or the home, these six traits form the foundation of successful Christian leadership. These qualities do not come through osmosis but through disciplined study and practice, often marked by failure. However, the greatest leaders are not deterred by hardship and failure. Theirs is a high calling with deep responsibility.
If you are in a position of leadership—and chances are good that you are—you may need to sharpen your vision for the future, strengthen your integrity, and find new sources of courage. Insight for Living, by introducing you to godly leaders of the past, is committed to encouraging you in this pursuit, as well as challenging you to grow in godliness.
At any age, the greatest thing you can be is yourself. The godliest lifestyle comes out of authentic people who love Christ. That’s a beauty beyond description.
It’s easy for a child of God to live like a child of the world, thinking because everyone’s doing it, it’s right. A wise person chooses to follow God’s way, even when it means standing alone.
Most communication today is electronic, without a personal touch. Did you know 21 of the New Testament books were handwritten letters? Something to think about.
Something happens when you know your father is watching and smiling. It changes your whole lifestyle. What if we lived like God our Father is watching and smiling? Would anything change?
You are a Christian. You work for someone who is your boss. Your responsibility is to be diligent to the task, being subject to your leader, showing all good faith.
Overexpecters run in all different categories. Some are fathers and some are husbands. Sometimes they’re coaches or teachers. Frequently they’re preachers.
Few things are more contagious than cheerfulness. A wise leader has a cheerful disposition—what’s your leadership style?
The person at the top of an organization doesn’t have to know all the details of everything within, but he needs to know where it’s going and why. He needs to be ready to defend it.
As leaders we are tempted to see the objective in front of us—of all we must get done. Wise leaders remember objectives can’t be the single drive of our lives; we must build into those who will someday be in leadership.