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Cheerful
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Kind
Humble
Competent

Character Traits Essential to Leadership

Honorable
Possessing honor; uprightness of character; personal integrity
Cheerful
Being in good spirits; reflecting willingness and good humor; pleasant
Tolerant
Inclined to tolerate the beliefs, practices, or traits of others
Courageous
Having courage under difficult or dangerous conditions
Encouraging
Giving courage, confidence, resolution, inspiration or hope
Kind
Of a friendly, generous, considerate, warm-hearted, or helping nature; a willingness to do good or give pleasure
Humble
Marked by modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful
Competent
Properly or sufficiently qualified; capable

 

God desires that we both walk with Him and draw others to Him. The scriptures explain the attitudes and behaviors that please God. When we abide in His will, God extends blessings that positively affect our spiritual well being, our physical health, and our relationships with others. In order to lead others to know God, our witness must be credible. If a new believer is to be effectively instructed in the faith, that believer must submit to a teacher who will guide him or her toward spiritual maturity. Even the fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ still needs mentoring. If the mentor’s encouragement and admonishment is communicated with patience, love and wisdom, it will be most effective. As leaders, making disciples of Jesus Christ, our character must be a paragon, a model of excellence. This is possible because we are made in His image.

Since you are created in the likeness or image of God (Gen 1:26), you have the capacity to take on such characteristics as righteousness, holiness, and knowledge. You were created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph 4:24). It is God’s desire that you take off the old way of life and put on the new way of life as you are made new in the attitude of your mind (Eph 4:22-23). Your new self is being renewed in knowledge in the image of your Creator (Col 3:10). We are called to be conformed to the likeness of Christ (Rom 8:29), so that when he appears, we shall be like him (1 Jn 3:2).

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