A periodic leadership lesson today from the Bible…
Power, position and prestige are highly regarded by some leaders… and it shows! These sorts of leaders often resort to strong arm techniques, manipulation, and strategies designed to exert their control. Those who work for and with them are often viewed as really only means to an end.
I’d like to suggest that “integrity” is a much better foundation upon which to build leadership!
King David wasn’t a perfect leader… He had some serious moral and ethical lapses (eg. 2 Samuel 11-12 and Psalm 51). He was however, highly regarded, deeply respected, and is honored as a prototypical king-leader in Scripture. Psalm 101 is attributed to him… In it, David expresses the importance of “integrity” as the foundation of his leadership. Read what he had to say there and see if it doesn’t express the kind of leader you’d like to have…or be… a person of “integrity!”
“I will sing of your love and justice, O Lord. I will praise you with songs. I will be careful to live a blameless life— when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them. I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil… I will not endure conceit and pride. I will search for faithful people to be my companions. Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me. I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence. My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked and free the city of the Lord from their grip.” (Psalm 101 NLT)
“Integrity” – a commitment to integrity! God give us more leaders like that! I’ll take that over power, prestige, position, and personal charisma any day! And with God’s help, whenever I’m called upon to lead, I want to be that kind of leader!