A leader must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since a leader manages his owner’s institution, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, a leader must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been established through policies and procedures, so that he can encourage others by sound knowledge and refute those who oppose it.
Everywhere we search, everyone has something to say about how to be THE Leader. In ‘Entrepreneur’ or ‘Forbes.com’ or ‘LinkedIn’ or ‘Harvard Business Review’, many great articles on how one can be the best leader can be found.
Shannon Harris, Vlogger and Entrepreneur has this to say and I totally relate to this:
Always be yourself, because not much left in this world is unique, but you are.
And so, I agree that we need to be ourselves, we need our leadership to blossom from within and the more I think of it, the more I am convinced that leadership is not just something one can read and imitate, but it is much more that!
We are all called upon to take up a leadership role in some way or the other. Leadership is the ability to guide others and if one is to be able to guide others, it requires that the leader needs to be ‘blameless’ if he or she is to be successful and effective!
Something that I learnt from Paul, a leader who used his leadership role to destroy human life but changed to becoming someone who impacted thousands of people later. Paul was a Roman citizen by birth. He was from a devout Jewish family in the city of Tarsus – one of the largest trade centers on the Mediterranean coast. While he was still young, he was sent to Jerusalem to receive his education at the school of Gamaliel, one of the most noted rabbis in history. The Hillel school was noted for giving its students a balanced education, likely giving Paul broad exposure to classical literature, philosophy, and ethics.
Paul is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age and in the mid-30s to the mid-50s AD he founded several churches in Asia Minor and Europe. He took advantage of his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to minister to both Jewish and Roman audiences.
Paul in his letter to Titus, guides him in choosing leaders and Paul uses a basic office code. Most important, the purpose of this code is meant to test the candidate’s “blamelessness” and place “blamelessness” into a concrete framework, treating the internal, personal and clerical aspects of the candidate’s life. In the end whatever the circumstances of a home or an organization, its leadership must be of the highest moral standard in all aspects of life; to expect less is to place the organizations reputation and purpose in jeopardy.
Blameless ≈ Faithful ≈ Obedient ≈ Encourage ≈ Refute