All this week, I am going to be writing on the importance of leadership. Today, I will start with the Foundation of Leadership, Integrity.
Satan’s greatest weapon against us is to get us to lose our integrity. Many people confuse reputation with integrity but reputation is what you are supposed to be, integrity is who you are. Oxford Dictionary defines integrity as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness; the state of being whole and undivided; the condition of bring unified, unimpaired or sound in construction; internal consistency or lack of corruption.”
Reputation is the photograph but integrity is the face. Reputation comes over from without but integrity comes up from within. Your reputation is learned in an hour but your integrity is built over a lifetime. Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone but integrity is what angels say about you before the throne of God. Integrity characterizes the entire person. A man of integrity keeps his word, is a man of principle, has a clear conscience, is greatly used by God, and has the respect of his family.
The bottom line is integrity is character, ethics and morality. Without integrity, we will never lead God’s people or God’s church the way in which God would be pleased and receive the glory. Leadership is not words but the character of the leader. “An unmistakable sense of authority accompanies leaders with integrity.” Integrity is the quality that affords men and women the opportunity to leave a positive mark on a church, a ministry, a business, etc…Without question, integrity is the most essential qualification of Christian leadership. Integrity is the foundation.