Essence is the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, that determines its character. It is further described by words such as: substance, principle, fundamental quality, sum and substance.
The idea behind this description raises several questions and ideas for consideration.
What is the essence of our leadership?
When others consider that indispensable quality of our leaders that determines our character, how would they describe it?
Is there any substance to the fundamental qualities of our leadership?
The essence of our leadership needs to be built upon the ideas expressed by David when asking questions connected to dwelling with God in Psalm 15: the one “who walks with integrity, works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.”
We often focus on the ideas of “integrity, righteousness, and truth.” These are good and worthy to be at the core of our leading.
However, the idea behind “walks, works and speaks” is significant to describe the whole of the individual, what they think, do and say. Godly leaders know that when the whole of life’s activities is defined by integrity, righteousness and truth, others will follow.