Substance is a particular kind of matter with uniform properties. However, having a technical definition does not adequately describe the definition and application of this word in leadership.
Substance also involves a quality of being important, valid, or significant. Simply stated, substance is the stuff that makes up leadership.
What is the substance that makes up the character of our leadership? Integrity? Work ethic? Core values?
Is there something significant that stands out giving credibility to leadership substance?
Can others see the substance of our leadership?
Only you and I can answer these questions for ourselves. The substance of spiritual leadership must not be self-centered, but others-centered. The quality that validates the importance of leadership is not built upon “I,” but “you.” The substance of good leadership is about “we.”
When our leadership is evaluated, we need to take advantage of the opportunity to ask ourselves hard questions to determine the substance of our leadership. This is where the true character of leadership is found.
As important and needed as leadership is today, it is worth our time to focus on the substance.