Joshua 1:9, "Be strong and of a good courage, and be not afraid.
For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
What is "Character"?
Character is the qualities of people that give them a good reputation.
Much of our character is formed early in life and also over time as we grow
up. A person's behaviour is an indication of their character.
This behaviour may be good or bad. A person with strong character
shows energy, determination, self-discipline and willpower. They see
what they want and go after it and this attracts followers.
On the other hand, a person with a weak character shows none of these good
qualities. They do not know what they want, they are disorganised,
hesitate, and are inconsistent. They will attract no followers.
Strong and Good Character:
A strong person can be good or bad. A gang leader is an example of a
strong person with a bad character, while an outstanding community leader is
one with both strong and good characteristics. God needs leaders with
both strong and good characters, who will guide others and show that they
can be trusted. Do you have a strong and good character?
To be an effective leader, people must have trust in you and know that you
display a good character. Character is the way you act and is made up
of your beliefs, values, skills, and traits.
Beliefs are what a person holds dear. They include what you
believe about life, death, religion, what is good, what is bad, what is
human nature, etc.
Values are your attitudes about the worth of people, concepts, or
things. For example, you might value friendship, personal comfort,
and your Cellphone. These influence your behaviour in weighing up the
importance of alternatives. For example, you might value what your
friends say more than what your parents say.
Skills are the knowledge and abilities you gain throughout life.
The ability to learn a new skill varies with each person and some skills
come almost naturally, while others come only by study and practice.
Traits are the distinguishing qualities of a person. We will
focus on a few that are crucial for a leader.
The more qualities you display as a leader, the more people will trust and
believe in you. Test yourself and see how many of the follwing
qualities you possess:
- Honesty - you display sincerity and integrity in all your actions.
Deceptive behaviour will not inspire trust in people.
- Competent - your actions should be based on reason and good
moral principles. Do not make decisions based on childlike desires
- Forward-looking - you set goals for yourself and have a vision
of the future. Effective leaders work out what they want and how to
- Inspiring - you display confidence in all you do and say. By
showing endurance you will inspire people to reach for new heights.
- Intelligent - you read, study, and seek challenging assignments.
- Fair-minded - you show fair treatment to all people. You are
sensitive to the feelings, values, interests and well-being of others.
- Courageous - you accomplish a goal, regardless of the obstacles.
- Sound-judgement - you seek to make a good decisions at the right
- Imaginative - you make timely changes to your thinking, plans and
actions. You show creativity by thinking of new and better
solutions to problems.
Pray every day and ask Jesus to add leadership qualities and abilities to
your life. If you do this, you will find yourself taking the lead
and other teens will begin to follow you and imitate your behaviour.