Monday Questions and Character


By J. William DeMarco

I have a pretty strange morning routine… the gym, listen to podcasts, Bible reading, leadership devotional…and then the day begins.

This AM, there were several things that just jumped out at me. First, highly recommend the Linchpin Podcast hosted by Andy Traub. This week Andy hosted John G. Miller, author of The Question Behind the Question. Great thoughts that will obviously get one thinking of the way we process info and react to daily situations…to then read a John Maxwell piece on character.

So, pondering questions and character this AM. How many leaders have ruined their lives and damaged the lives of others through faulty character issues or pure selfishness? Character IS a critical issue precisely due to the myriad of leaders in politics, business, and religions who have fallen morally.

As leaders we must remember that we influence many others beyond ourselves…we do not exist in a vacuum. We must further understand that replacing fallen leaders is a slow and difficult process for the organization as well.

DO NOT think you are ALL THAT as a leader, don’t believe the hype…do not emphasize the gift of leadership over character. We seem to have an unhealthy tendency to see and reward the gift more than the character…don’t we?

A couple points Maxwell brings up:

WHAT I AM: Humble, Visionary, Convicted
WHAT I DO: Rely on God, Set Goals, Do the Right Thing
WHAT I GAIN: Power from God, High Morale, Credibility

Good stuff on a rainy British Monday…

Proverbs 29:1-3
The Message (MSG)

If People Can’t See What God Is Doing

1 For people who hate discipline and only get more stubborn,
There’ll come a day when life tumbles in and they break,
but by then it’ll be too late to help them.

2 When good people run things, everyone is glad,
but when the ruler is bad, everyone groans.

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