Honestly, A Word or Practice?

Mindset Matters is a series of short reflective and thoughtful conversations aimed at the development of transformational leaders for the modern urban world. The commitment to leadership principles grounded in Christian values are the basis for the discussion. The first topic of discussion engages the subject, veracity.

Veracity Validation Vision

There are three staples of leadership that when taken seriously identifies maturity in a leader. Namely, uncompromising veracity (honesty), critical validation of values and a proclivity toward vision. Can you imagine what leadership of any type would appear to be without these perspectives? I can. I think it would manifest as possible paranoid autocratic behavior in conjunction with an undisciplined critique of the future. Wow, what a mess that would make!

The Holy Bible is the proven leader for the prescriptive development of leaders, its wisdom is unmatched. Students of scripture witness God’s inclinations to develop character in the believer. Honesty is an undeniable virtue that is reflective of the character of God. Therefore, any person emerging as a Christian leader will be required to grow in the character trait of veracity. Jesus exercises veracity without constraint even at the cost of his own life. He was honest when he told his enemies that he was the Son of God when asked. Any leadership development strategy that negates placing emphasis on veracity reduces the value of what God places a significant emphasis on in the development of godly leaders.

There are a multitude of ways that God will develop an honest character in leaders of His choosing. The first way is through instruction, a person must commit to obeying instruction. Throughout scripture beginning with the garden experience Adam was given instructions " of every tree in the garden thy may freely eat with the exception of the tree that is in the midst of the garden."

Secondly, veracity in gifting be it natural or spiritual. So many people in today’s world have desired even envied the abilities of others to achieve success, fortune and fame, church leaders are included. Arguably, the most dominate obstacle to maturing in veracity is learning to appreciate and value one’s own innate and spiritual profile without making comparisons to others. Being honest with oneself requires that a person becomes acquainted with their own God given abilities. In the western modern world, it is becoming more difficult to acquire a centered and balanced self-appreciation. Due in part to the hectic pace of life, a confluence of factors relating to the increased exposure to information through technology, and a lack of intentional time given to self-exploration. In addition to other social influences within American popular culture such as the “ethos of relativism” that resist biblical truth as ultimate truth.

Lastly, when people avoid the task of placing honesty in the highest regard in their daily practice essentially they choose to hide a virtue that is relevant to and aligns with the character of God. For instance, one of the identifiable aspects of God’s leadership development processes involves confronting one’s fears. Remember when I tell you this, God will require courage in the face of what appears to be insurmountable odds. People that are being developed for Christian leadership must come face to face with their fears while keeping their faith in God. King David is a prime example of facing one’s fears head on at times and other times he practices avoidance. I firmly believe that all Christian leadership development efforts must provoke and encourage people to take courageous action by asserting that "honesty is the best policy" in their daily practice.

The next Mindset Matters will discuss developing the skillset of validation.

Learn more about Christian Leadership Development by visiting the Covenant Leadership Academy website at www.leadbycovenant.org

Dr. Rodney D. Robinson-Rogers Web Address: leadbycovenant.org

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