For the past six months, we have been given a glimpse of what not to do when you are in a leadership position. Integrity is everything. When in a position of leadership, one has to be honest with the people who follow you, but more critical, leveling with people starts with being honest with yourself. How can anyone pretend to be a faithful follower of Christ and lie to themselves in the mirror, let alone to the people who put their trust in what you do or say?
Yes, I screwed up, but this is how we are going to fix it instead of covering a lie with a lie only to cover that lie with another lie. Meanwhile, God sits back in his easy chair, watching the lies play out and waiting for the opportune time to reveal the truth. Which by the way, by this time, the consequences will be far worse than if the truth had been told in the first place.
A great leader admits their faults and adjusts accordingly. It's not about whether or not we will ever make a mistake more than it is how you handle that mistake once you make it - we have to cover the mistake with the truth no matter how bad it will make us look. The Bible says, ““Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.”
Jeremiah 5:1 NIV
I want to be a leader with integrity. I want to be a leader who represents the Truth. I want to be a leader who is honest with himself as he looks in the mirror no matter how much it hurts. Moreover, and most importantly, I want to be forgiven for all of the careless mistakes I've made to misrepresent the people, myself, and most importantly, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who died for the very sins I try to cover up.
Integrity is everything to a great leader.