Essence is the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something––especially something abstract––that determines its character.
The idea raises questions and ideas.
What is the essence of our leadership? Is there any substance to our leadership?
David talks about one “who walks with integrity, works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart” (Ps. 15:2).
The idea behind walks, works, and speaks describes more than just actions. David is talking about who someone is on the inside.
Godly leaders know that character may be defined by their activities, but ultimately it is who they are on the inside that moves others to follow.