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As I continue this leadership series I want to remind you about the first quality, performing competently. All good leaders, especially Christian leaders, must know their job. Christian leaders must also know their Bible well. This week’s leadership quality builds from last week’s.
Act With Integrity
A part of performing competently (as I briefly mentioned last week) was to live out what you are teaching. An excellent biblical leader will not be a hypocrite. That is, they won’t tell someone to live a certain way while they secretly partake of those same sins. I could end this blog post with that, but, acting with integrity is more than just doing what is right when nobody is watching. There are three more important aspects of integrity.
First, acting with integrity means you keep your word. Some of you may have heard the saying, ‘my word is my bond’ (‘word is bond’ for short). This is crucial for Christian leaders. That means we won’t say we will do something without fully knowing we can and are able to do it. If you say you are going to be at work at 8 o’clock then you don’t show up at that time, you are not acting with integrity. You must do what you are say you are going to do. It’s that simple. It may not be easy but it is simple. See James 5:12
Second, acting with integrity means communicating clearly. At first, this may not seem like it has anything to do with integrity. Let me explain. Say you are a Christian leader and you have a few subordinates. You have a good idea in your head for the future for all of them. You have a plan in place to make your organization, or church, or whatever it is great. You carry out your plan but you fail to tell all of those who work for you or who you minister to. You may tell them aspects here or there but never your full intentions. This is poor integrity. It seems as though you were trying to deceive others to get what you wanted. It may have been innocent. You may have had the best intentions for the others but they didn’t see it that way. I have learned over the years that leaders must over-communicate. Communication has always been a poor quality of mine and that is one thing I strive to do better.
Third, acting with integrity means have good morals. Again, this is real similar to performing competently and to what I mentioned above about doing what is right when nobody is watching. Nevertheless, I needed to mention it here for clarity (communication). Great Christian leaders have good morals. They are nice to other people even when they don’t deserve it. They never talk badly about a person when they aren’t there to defend themselves (gossip). They strive to live an upright life.
Look at yourself
Are you acting with integrity as a Christian leader? Are you keeping your word that you promised to others? Are you communicating your intentions clearly? Do you have good morals? Strive to be excellent in your leadership. Don’t be a lazy leader.