The character of an individual is foundational to the success of leadership. We know this is true, but what is the fiber of that character?
Psalm 15:2 contributes three key elements: a way of life, work ethic, and manner of speech. Character is really defined by these three phrases.
We must walk with integrity. Our integrity is demonstrated through honest, moral uprightness seen through incorruptible ethical practices.
We must work righteousness. The idea stated by the Psalmist involves working what is right in the eyes of God.
Speak truth in your heart. If truth does not originate in the heart, it will not be seen in the consistency of word and speech.
When the whole of life and leadership is developed on the foundation of these three areas, our character is being defined as God would define it.
If we were to sum it up in a few simple words, it would follow the claim of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner in The Leadership Challenge “the video needs to match the audio.”
Let us arise and lead with character.