BALANCING (leveraging, my words) YOUR GIFTS WITH CHARACTER  (The Maxwell Leadership Bible)

For people who hate discipline
and only get more stubborn,
There’ll come a day when life tumbles in and they break,
but by then it’ll be too late to help them.      
Proverbs 29:1 The Message (MSG)

How many leaders have ruined their lives and damaged the lives of others through immorality? Character has become a crucial issue today precisely because of the myriad leaders in the political, business, and religious worlds who have fallen morally. Leaders need to remember that they influence many others beyond themselves; they never fall in a vacuum. They also need to realize that replacing fallen leaders is a slow and difficult process.

So how can we guard against falling? First, we must take care not to emphasize the gifts of a leader over his or her character. We have an unhealthy tendency to see and reward the gift more than the character; but both are to be developed. We must strike the following balance if we are to finish well:

WHAT I AM                             WHAT I DO                              WHAT I GAIN
Humble                                         Rely on God                                Power from God
Visionary                                      Set goals                                     High morale
Convicted                                     Do the right thing                      Credibility


Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world. (Origin unknown)  I was thinking that the fulcrum of our gifts is our character.