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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Leader's Moral Compass: True North

What is it that separates someone like Adolph Hitler from Mother Theresa?
The answer is their belief system
Like a weathervane’s pointer following the direction of the wind, so will a man’s heart point in the direction of his ethical standard. The reality is that every person adheres to an ethical standard, whether it is themselves, the society in which they find themselves living in or a transcendent being. For me, the true leader finds authority in God and His Word. For without a transcendent moral authority man will always be left up to his own devices and will therefore act as his own judge and jury.
It is as Dostoyevsky wrote in The Brothers Karamazov: “If there is no God, all things are permissible.”

-Therefore, the goal of leadership should be to transcend selfish motives and seek Kingdom principles-

A vivid example can be found in the book of Daniel chapter 4.  For the sake of space, I will summarize the events.  As King Nebuchadnezzar was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”  31 Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you.”  As the years passed by, the Scriptures tell us that Nebuchadnezzar, raised his eyes toward heaven, and his sanity was restored. Then he praised the Most High; honored and glorified him who lives forever.  Here we see, in real space and time, a leader going from selfish motives to Kingdom qualities by acknowledging the Living God and getting in line with His standards.  This is what happens when your life's moral compass points True North.   
Things to ponder...
-What are you using as the Standard in your own life?

-How can following God's Word help you lead from a better perspective?

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