“Is this done?” I was asked by a member of Resolved. The problem was that it wasn’t done and today was the day I said I would have it done. What was I going to do? I thought of so many rationalizations for why I haven’t got this thing done:
- I had less sleep now that Kate and I have a small baby. (Not really true)
- I have been too busy writing the sermon for this weekend or in other meetings that have come up. (Kind of true but still no excuse)
- She hadn’t reminded me that I had to get it done. (But we hadn’t agreed that she would remind me either)
I looked her in the eye and told her the truth “No, I haven’t done it. I am sorry.” Her words were kind and gracious. She and I agreed on the date I needed to have it done by. But there was still an issue. When I told her I didn’t have it done, for a split second, I saw in her eyes that I had let her down. I had disappointed her. I told her I would do something and I didn’t do what I said I would do.
I didnt keep my word.
I lacked integrity.
Integrity is the key to leadership. In their famous book The Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner surveyed 1000’s of people around the world and found people wanted integrity in their leaders more than anything else.
Get that, your people want you to do what you say you will do more than they want you to be dynamic leader or a visionary leader.
But not only do your people want you to have integrity God values you keeping your word more than almost anything else.
Ecclesiastes 4:4 says:
When you vow a vow to God. do not delay in paying it for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow.
Did you see what God calls a person who doesn’t keep his word or his vow? That’s right a FOOL.
Wow that hurts! But it is true, a fool is rash with their words and doesn’t think about how to use them. A fool makes promises and doesn’t keep them.
So do you keep your word?
Do you have integrity?
Keeping your word or integrity is the key to you being a biblical leader.
Keeping your word or integrity is the first step in you becoming the best leader you can be.
“According to Scripture, virtually everything that truly qualifies a person for leadership is directly related to character. It’s not about style, status, personal charisma, clout, or worldly measurements of success. Integrity is the main issue that makes the difference between a good leader and a bad one.” ~ John MacArthur
How do you think you can have more integrity?