Sunday, March 15, 2015

How to Develop Your Character - Day 14: 100 Days of Leadership


There are many things we prioritize in life, be it, spending time with the family, attending the birthdays of relatives, having a coffee in the morning and finishing off the administrative work. Though I wonder how often we prioritize character development.

Now, here me out on this one. Leaders prioritize character development; that is, they spend time working on developing their character and they make it a priority! This is a leadership tip that cuts to the heart. Try to be nicer to your spouse, do the laundry without whining, be aware of how you speak and act to other employees.

Developing your character is not a given. You do not just turn up to work one day, and 'character' is in an envelope waiting to be pried open. Jack Hayford says, 'Our human disposition finds it easier to spend time "tweaking systems" than prioritizing honest-to-God introspection and constant availability to transformation'.

Many a times I have laid on my bed at night and said, ‘Lord, I want the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’ See, the thing is, without character, my leadership capacity or otherwise is totally irrelevant. I need God to show me how to develop my character. One may say that we need God to help us live in the fullness of who he created us to be.

I think the key here is to recognize character flaws when they appear. Is that not the first point of call? To grow in maturity in Christ, you must first have an awareness of where you are falling short. It is difficult to grow in an area in which you are blinded to the problem. I would be continually asking Christ, to make me more like him, so that my life might reflect his.  

What does the Bible say?


1 Corinthians 13:1 – If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but I do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

What will I do now?
Spend some time, right now focusing on your own character. Pause for a moment. Don’t move on to the next task or the next thing. Ask God to show you your character. Ask God to reveal that which you need to ‘work on’. What part of your character needs to better reflect Christ?

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