Growing up, my family used to have a lot of animals that would wonder into our yard. These animals would often come around for a few days and vanish the next week. However, occasionally a dog or a cat would wonder into the yard and stay around a little while. When this happened, our family had to make decision whether to keep the animal or take it to a shelter. When i was about 10 years old, a dog came around that I just couldn’t leave alone. Within a few weeks, I had taught this stray dog to sit, shake hands, and lay down on command. I had nurtured this dog from a homeless mutt into a well trained family pet.
Talent and charisma aren’t bad. They’re good. They’re gifts to be stewarded. In the Bible, Joseph and Daniel are two striking examples of both attributes and how God uses them to put us in places of expanding influence. The problem, however, with both talent and charisma is that they expand our influence whether our character is ready for it or not.
Author Warren Bennis said, “Successful leadership is not about being tough or soft, sensitive or assertive, but about a set of attributes. First and foremost is character.” The required leadership quality all leaders must have is character. Those with good character live out their beliefs, values, and convictions. Making sure their attitude, behavior, and actions are in line with those areas. Good character is about consistently making good choices no matter who is watching or who will know about it. Failing to be a person of good character can cause you to fail in your leadership role and could negatively affect those around you. Here are 5 ways to have and maintain your character: