Leadership competency may be the tools of effective leadership; but biblically informed character has always been the power of effective leadership. When a leader does not continually address character formation and transformation in their personal lives and operate solely from a competency base, then competency will ultimately fail to produce the kind of results God intended through the life of that leader. And remember, lasting transformational change begins with the heart. Our central beliefs establish our cores values, our values inform our worldview, our worldview conditions our primary motives, and our motives energize our behavior. Our behavior merely reflects the condition of our hearts (Proverbs 4:23). The lesson: pay attention to the heart from God’s point of view (1 Samuel 16:7), and God-honoring behavior will follow.
Dr. Greg Bourgond quoted in Church Planting Landmines, by Tom Nebel and Gary Rohrmayer (ChurchSmart 2005, page 27)
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