Moral Recovery for Leaders

Opinion / Leadership

Moral Recovery for Leaders
Moses Hartzenberg , Student (University), South Africa

Understand TRUST and the effects it have on sustainability for effective Leaders

Business need to understand TRUST and the effects it have in our corridors. Entrepreneurs are mushrooming on every corner in S.A., this is vital for sustainable growth. Leadership Development should be a key focus for both Government and Business alike. The lack of Trust worthy Leaders leave the people with a bad example... were not even considering its impact in other areas. Encourage the importance of Leadership Development in schools, home’s, the workplace etc. I think leaders are not born, but groomed / developed. A common question in interviews is: Where do you see yourself over the next 5 years? This is a fantastic opportunity for HR consultants to introduce Leadership Development. Another key entry point for leadership development is in schools, this will give learners the opportunity to develop sound leadership skills when entering the world of work. “How many leaders are really qualified to hold the position indicated by their title? How many of them are intimately familiar with the vision they are to help make happen within the realm of that title? (Dr. Sherry Gaither, Promoting Leaders (Mall Publishing, 2004), xi). Seven leadership qualities identified: A Leader is one who is “blameless,” for example, will be committed to faithfulness i.e. in marriage (or Trustworthy in his / her business dealings), “vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, and who has an apt to teach.” Emphasis added (KJV) We need Leaders who are morally careful and responsible, who will also aim to embrace the qualities outlined above. If skills are present in the guidance and care of one’s own family, they will more than likely be operative in the supervision of and care for the world of work. “Leaders who rule without care are as inadequate as those who care without orderly rule”. (Unknown) We need to become familiar with possible character flaws in our leadership i.e. a more contemporary concern may be spousal abuse, pedophilia, or some other form of domestic violence. Let those who aspire to leadership first prove themselves. Leaders behave and publicly conduct themselves as persons worthy of respect from all persons. Church Leaders: We need to avoid destroying our leaders through false accusations. False reports impede the work of the church and the ministry of good leaders. At a time when false teachers were seeking to undermine the work of good leaders such as Timothy, Paul counseled the church to dismiss all accusations if they could not be confirmed by multiple and credible witnesses. The rise and fall of church leaders in every age and the cost of their fall (to church, as well as to themselves) is a warning for all churchmen and churchwomen to hold “the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience” (1 Timothy 3:9). Paul pleads with Christians in every age to practice the Gospel they have been called to teach and preach. All believers, and particularly church leaders, are to behave in ways that are reflective of a “pure conscience”—a conscience that does not condemn one of sin.

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