“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” Douglas MacArthur
MacArthur is known for many quotes when dealing with leadership. His leadership stands as exemplary when considering the U.S. Army’s influence in World War II.
This specific thought exemplifies five key components that have a powerful direction to the leadership that should exist in God’s people today.
Confidence – We need confidence in who our God is and the power of His word to save souls.
Courage – Leaders must demonstrate courage in the times when courage is needed most.
Compassion – This Christlike quality is one that should characterize spiritual leaders.
Equality of Actions – Although it is not always easy, a leaders’ actions must be consistent.
Integrity – Few areas are more important, and yet so difficult, than walking with integrity.
The thought from MacArthur provides numerous lessons that hold value in connection to leadership.