Sunday, August 26, 2012

Leadership and Self-Control

Do you manage your emotions well? When someone says something irritating, do you get mad right away? In my opinion, that’s a sign of poor leadership ability. If you’re a leader, you’re automatically setting yourself up for criticism. In fact, all leaders are the targets of criticism – the most visible get all the criticism. Why? Dr. Myles Munroe writes, “Because they are the head and shoulders above the crowd and the most elevated. They can easily be seen. The minute you become a leader, remember that you are a target.” Therefore, you must be able to control yourself and not allow anger “to immobilize your rational capacity”.

Proverbs 16:32(NLT) says, “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city”. In other words, you could be a powerful conquer, and still not be a good leader. A wise leader is one who controls his or her temper – who has self-control.  One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control; “…the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…” (Galatians 5:22-23NLT).

Do you have the fruit of the Spirit?
As a leader, do you have the fruit of self-control?
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