Sunday, December 23, 2012

Leadership is all about character

I am currently reading through Albert Mohler's new book, The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for leadership that matters.

Reading his book brings to mind the sobering words of James 3:1. Leadership is both wonderful and yet heavy because the leader will one day have to give an account to God for his or her stewardship of God's ministry. Here's what he says:

Martin Luther, the great Reformer of the church in the sixteenth century, had a profound awareness of his sin— even after his salvation. He knew that he was a great sinner in need of a great Savior, and he found salvation and the forgiveness of sin in Jesus Christ. He became a bold, courageous, and brilliant defender of the gospel. He led a reform of the church, transformed Germany, translated the Bible into common German, taught pastors, preached regularly, and was what most of us would now recognize as a workaholic.
But for all of his awareness of the grace and mercy of God in Christ, he was troubled by his own sins. Bold by day, he could also be fearful at night. Prophetic in the pulpit, he could also be short-tempered to his closest friends. Confident without question in the truth of the gospel, he could also feel the tugs of periodic doubt.
This led Luther to one of his greatest insights into the Christian life. Christians are, he said, simultaneously justified sinners, but sinners still. We are saved, and yet we still struggle with sin. This will not always be the case, for we will one day be glorified. But until then, we still have ourselves to deal with. This is the leader’s responsibility— to deal with himself or herself. We are not perfect, and claims of perfection will only serve to undermine our leadership. We will fail, and we must be answerable for those failures. Our sin will show up in our leadership, usually without delay.
Mohler, Albert (2012-10-26). Conviction to Lead, The: 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters