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Lead like Jesus - Part 3

Being a leader like Jesus means that you will be faithful (and absolutely trustworthy). I always try to land the importance of this quality with leaders by telling them that there are three characteristics of a leader every person seeks: trustworthiness, trustworthiness and trustworthiness.


How many times in your life have you disappointed people? How many people in your life have often disappointed you? It just happens too easily nowadays. People are simply no longer set on being trustworthy. Whether they show up late or not at all for an appointment, isn’t important to many people. Keeping of promises has become optional. Where are the good old days years ago when we regularly reminded each other “your word is your bond”. It’s just as if people don’t care any longer. It’s as if society has become unreliable, totally despising the value and characteristic of ‘trustworthiness’. That’s why this attribute is such a gem in a leader.


Jesus was utterly faithful and never let anyone down. He did what He said he would do, and it is still so today. If God promises something, then He will fulfil it. 2 Timothy puts it so beautifully:


If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself. – NIV


There’s also no way you can expect people to respect and follow you with confidence if you’re not trustworthy. That’s why Jesus was such a popular leader. It surely wasn’t because about His many possessions and beautiful house. No, His faithfulness has a lot to do with it. When Jesus said something, He did it and kept His promises.


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