How would we determine a true leader? One way was given by Douglas MacArthur, “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.”
MacArthur is known for his leadership, a leadership that stands as exemplary when considering the U.S. Army’s influence in World War II.
Five words are found in this statement that have powerful direction to the leadership that should exist among 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 times when courage is needed most.
Compassion – This Christlike quality is one that should characterize spiritual leaders.
Equality – 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.
May we all determine to become a true leader with each of these qualities.