- REAL LEADERSHIP LIVES A LIFE OF INTEGRITY
“For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.” 2 Cor. 1:12 (ESV)
- Conscience: A moral sense of right and wrong. A conscience MUST BE EDUCATED!
- Simplicity (Holiness): Living a life separate from the world. Separating your life from the sins of the world.
- Sincerity: Comes from the Latin word meaning, “without wax.” The Greek word means “sun tested.” Not embellishing the truth for personal advantage. There’s no deception.
- REAL LEADERSHIP SEEKS TO CLARIFY
“For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will fully understand…” 2 Cor. 1:13 (ESV)
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” Ephesians 4:15 (ESV)
But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?” Matthew 26:63-68 (ESV)
- REAL LEADERSHIP IS TRANSPARENT
“Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? 18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. 20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 23 But I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith. 2 For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you.” 2 Cor. 1:15-2:1 (ESV)
- REAL LEADERSHIP DEMONSTRATES HUMILITY
19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. 20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. (VSS. 19-20)
21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (VSS. 21-22)
28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:28-30 (ESV)
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” 1 Cor. 11:1 (ESV)
- REAL LEADERSHIP SEEKS TO BE SENSITIVE TO OTHERS
“And I will show you a still more excellent way…If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 COR. 12:31-13:1-3 (ESV)
- A Sensitive Leader is Perceptive
“But I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth.” 2 Cor. 1:23 (ESV)
But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Mark 14:6-9 (ESV)
- A Sensitive Leader Respects Those They Lead.
24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith. 2 Cor. 1:24 (ESV)
“Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.” 1 Thessalonians 2:6-7 (ESV)
“Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5:2-3 (ESV)
- A Sensitive Leader is not Afraid to Openly Express Affection to Others.
“For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. 2 For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? 3 And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. 4 For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.” 2 Cor. 2:1-4 (ESV)
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love…Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:9,13 (ESV)