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.
Those who have reached the pinnacle of achievement in their careers are often seen as “having arrived.” But Chuck Swindoll suggests that these individuals need to never lose their teachable spirit and desire to listen and learn. Esther is an example of one who didn’t let her position as queen end her obedience to a higher authority.
Citing Moses’s, Peter’s, and David’s ragtag followers as examples, Chuck Swindoll reminds us that the people God uses in significant ways don’t always fit the world’s mold of a natural-born leader. When a leader’s heart belongs to God and he or she is allowing the Holy Spirit to work through him or her, personal eccentricities and weaknesses...