If You Could Have Only One Leadership Quality…

“What would it be?” The question demanded an answer.

What one quality could stand alone and position me to stare down all circumstances? What single leadership attribute guaranteed success if I had it to use with family, friends, work, or the world? Was there one root from which all other qualities grew?

Last year, I chose wisdom while I plotted steps to navigate projects and teams to success, or mentor others who wanted to move along the career ladder.

Last month, I decided courage was most important when someone asked for a volunteer. Someone to step forward and head up work that required looking beyond sacred traditions with a fresh set of eyes and boldness to act.

Last week, I settled on a servant’s heart while weighing the right decision to benefit others.

But, none of my choices satisfied completely. They were the Chinese meal that left me full as I walked away from the table but hungry within two hours when my stomach rumbled again with gnawing emptiness.

Today, I chose faith. In God. Because if I lead with faith in God, I can

… Do all things with Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

… Lean on His promise to never leave me nor forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

… Trust He works all things to good for those who love Him. (Rom 8:28)

… Travel forward knowing He overcomes, works around, or works with whatever circumstances attack me. He puts in place His plans for eternity with Him. (Exodus 14:13-14; Isaiah 14:24-27)

… Rely on what He said because just as the rain comes down from heaven and doesn’t return to it without watering the earth, His Word does not return to Him empty. (Isaiah 55:10-11)

… Live with confidence that what I hope for — indeed, all that He promised — will actually happen. (Hebrews 11:1)

And when I feasted on that leadership quality — faith — I walked away from His table satisfied.

If you could have only one leadership quality, what would you choose? Anyone?

“When the time’s ripe, I answer you. When victory’s due, I help you. I form you and use you to reconnect the people with me, to put the land in order, to resettle families on the ruined properties … I’d never forget you — Never.” (Isaiah 49:8, 16; The Message)

©2011 Gloria Ashby. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail.

About Gloria Ashby

I'm a writer, speaker and teacher. I live with my husband in the DFW area, and close to our daughter and her family.
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4 Responses to If You Could Have Only One Leadership Quality…

  1. On our Christian Communicators’ loop, one of the ladies mentioned authenticity. I fully believe that’s where it all begins.

  2. Integrity. maybe the hardest one to maintain, It was most sought after in my corporate life.

    • Gloria Ashby says:

      Lyndie, You’re right, that’s another key quality. It’s one many corporations put out there as a core value, but that their leaders sometimes lose sight of. Thank you for stopping by with your thoughts!

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