CHARACTER – the mental and ethical traits marking a group or an individual
TRAIT – a specific quality of a person
QUALITY – the degree of excellence
ETHICS – a set of moral principles or values
VALUES – something that is important to an individual
MORALS – principles of right and wrong
PRINCIPLES – a code of conduct
People win with character not characters. Character is the mental or ethical traits that mark an individual or a group. A trait is a Quality of a group or an individual and ethics are moral sets of principles or values. A principle is an individual’s code of conduct. A value is degree of importance placed on something by an individual.
To have character, as individuals and as a group, one must first have a code of conduct (principles). This code of conduct is the standard of behavior that individuals and groups hold themselves and friends accountable for (morals). This code of conduct is something that becomes important to the individual and the group or assembly (values).
The task of instilling a set of moral principles and values (ethics) lies in the hands of the leader, elder or teacher. The leader or minister instills the specific qualities that he desires his group to have (traits). With this, the individuals now hold themselves to a higher degree of excellence (quality). Something the world knows little about.
But this is how you win and excel above others-with character and fail with characters. Character is the mental and ethical traits that mark an individual. The following is a list of traits that a godly assembly will know and hold each other accountable to:
14 LEADERSHIP TRAITS
JUSTICE- a reward or admonishment as deserved.
JUDGMENT- the ability to come to a sound opinion
DEDICATION- to devote to a purpose
INTEGRITY- acting honestly and sincerely
DISCIPLINE- being efficient in controlling oneself
TACT- the ability to say something without closing a door.
INITIATIVE- the action of taking the first step or move
ENTHUSIASM- an intense or eager interest
BEARING- the way one carries and conducts oneself in pressure situations
UNSELFISHNESS- showing a concern for the interest of others rather than yourself
COURAGE- the quality of being consistently brave
KNOWLEDGE- how well you understand a specific task
LOYALTY- faithful to God first, then to family, friends, colleagues, and obligations
ENDURANCE- the ability to last and withstand pain, trials and difficulties.
These traits are the road map to character. They separate a group of people with character from people of just characters. A group of characters will never be successful, no matter how gifted they are, because they lack the traits that give them standards for the degree of excellence that they hold themselves and their friend accountable for day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute.
If we teach character, we can go to bed knowing that we sent people into life with the tools to succeed and be a greater blessing impacting the world for God, for good and for the future. Because in the long run, if we are just teaching people how to pretend to be those things, what are we really teaching people?