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Leadership is an essential skill needed in many areas of life. Corporations are especially interested in developing leaders. They often have training and mentoring programs to encourage leadership development. So, what do you need to be a leader? Well, several skills and qualities are needed. But one is self-control. Listen to the words of Chris Farmer, a corporate coach in the United Kingdom, “But there is one leadership quality which is of the highest importance. It is important because this leadership quality is the prerequisite of many other subsidiary leadership qualities. The quality I am referring to is the quality of self control.”*
In fact, Farmer goes on to declare five areas where self-control is required for a business leader. Can you guess the five areas? They are control over thoughts, temper, fear, speech and bad habits. I think the one most people overlook would be control over fear. But think about it. Leaders often have to lead others through uncertain times and situations.
This emphasis on leadership reminds me of Titus 1:8. Paul speaks of the qualities needed for a leader in the church. He wrote, “Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.”(NIV) See, self-controlled leaders are also important in the church!
Today, let God’s Spirit lead you to develop control over your thoughts, temper, fear, speech and bad habits!
*Chris Farmer, “Leadership Qualities: Self Control,” Corporate Coach Group, https://corporatecoachgroup.com/blog/leadership-qualities-self-control.
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