by Carey Nieuwhof: Character has always been important, but it seems like it’s never been as important as it is now.
There have been far too many stories of church leaders, business leaders, politicians, athletes and other public figures whose private walk has not measured up to their public talk and whose integrity has been far less than expected or needed.
Especially if you’re a Christian leader, there should never be a gap between your private walk and public talk.
The people who know you the best should admire you the most, not be covering up for you or dismayed at what they know.
If you’re a Christian leader, there should never be a gap between your private walk and public talk.Click To Tweet
The problem, of course, is that that’s hard for us sinners. I’m not perfect. You’re not perfect. I’ve made plenty of mistakes.
But the longer I live, the more I’m realizing character is everything.
Competency may get you in the room. But character keeps you in the room. Above all, character endures. It’s what your family and friends remember about you (for better or for worse), and ultimately it gives you the moral authority to lead. Especially today, character matters most.
So how do you guard your character…in a day-in-day-out manner?
Here are 5 character rules every leader might want to follow:
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