Talent & Character

One of my favorite books on leadership is Next Generation Leader (by Andy Stanley), which I read several years ago. The book focuses on five key areas: competence, courage, clarity, coaching and character.

On character, Stanley writes …

Your talent and giftedness as a leader have the potential to take you farther than your character can sustain you. That ought to scare you.

Christ-following leaders just beginning their journey generally know that they need God, partly because their gifts/talents have not yet been developed or tested. But if we’re not careful, as our gifts/talents develop, we can begin to rely more on our (God-given) giftedness and less on God.

As Andy points out, that’s when things get dangerous!

Truth is, we always need God. But sometimes we forget.

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