Strong Character: Ingredients for Excellence in the Culture

In your quest to be productive, don’t forget that the foundation of anything you do, will rest on the quality of the character you and your team demonstrate.

I have been quite aware of how many business and ministry training courses ignore the emphasis on strong character development as a foundation for effective living and leading. There is no spirituality without foundational character. Too many organizational failures are unequivocally caused by decisions and behaviors that emerge from ignoring the principles of biblical character. Participating in a kingdom culture is not for the immature, self-centered, or those without quality character.

Let’s chat about some essential values and principles that support the culture. Below are a few character-based behaviors that make a team, a business, a ministry, or a marriage healthy. I suggest using this list as a platform for discussion among your team.

  • Flexibility
  • Reliability
  • Unselfishness
  • Punctuality
  • Decisiveness
  • Deference
  • Diligence
  • Humility
  • Hard-working
  • Self-confidence
  • Humor
  • Compassion
  • Patience
  • Self-control
  • Forgiveness
  • Courage
  • Faith
  • Faithfulness

As an example, if you lived in Guatemala, an eight o’clock meeting may begin at 8:45. That’s the culture; people adjust. I’m not saying it is functional or good—I am simply saying, it is, and people expect it. In the country where I live, the good ol’ USA, excellence in leadership embraces the virtue of punctuality. In a recent situation, Ruthie and I were meeting someone for the first time. We arrived at our meeting place a bit early. A few minutes before our meeting time, I got a text from the person we were meeting, letting me know he would be five minutes late. I said to Ruthie, “Many people would have considered five minutes tardiness within the limits of grace, and it probably is, but the fact that he informed me he would be a few minutes late, gives me a clue about this man’s caliber.”

Things happen. Traffic. Emergency phone calls. 911 bathroom calls. But I feel valued when someone who is late for a meeting with me, at least acknowledges their lateness. Otherwise, I think they simply didn’t prioritize the importance of not wasting my time.

Do you see the importance of strong character on a healthy team? In the above list of character traits, which are strengths in you and on your team, and which of the traits need improvement? How do you think God build strong character in leaders?

I discuss this topic and more in my newly release book, “Kingdom Culture.” You can snag your copy on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946466158/) or from my publisher (http://www.certapublishing.com/KingdomCulture).​

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