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The 3 Qualities of Christian leadership

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Unlike a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, the Christian leader must lead in a countercultural manner. For the profit margin is less about money, and more about building up the capitol of holy saints--glorifying God in the Spirit of faith, hope, and charity.

Therefore, the qualities of the Christian leader differ immensely.

"Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong." 1 Kings 3:4-13

Unlike the Fortune 500 CEO, the Christian leader is solely interested in pleasing God. The 'worldly' business sense is all about conquering the market, crushing one's opponents, and reigning supreme on the economic scene. The Christian leader, however, seeks, in graced humility, through plenty of prayer, to do only what is right and good in the eyes of God, while reconciling with one's enemies, allowing God to reign supreme in all human dimensions--to include the economic scene.

The only profit they seek for themselves, and for others, is salvation.

"With all my heart I seek you; let me not stray from your commands." Psalm 119:9-14

The worldly leader seeks fame, fortune, and a personal legacy bathed in glory. The Christian leader, however, seeks to know their Merciful Savior more and more, day by day, through service to His beloved children. The worldly leader hones his, or her, skills in economic strategies, financial consultations, and worldly philosophy. The Christian leader cultivates a heart of love through prayer, Sacrament (especially in Jesus' real presence in the Eucharist), Scripture study, and loving Church-community participation.

The first strategy builds wealthy men and women. The second builds saints.

"When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.
" Mark 6:30-34

Yet, the greatest quality of the Christian leader--which differentiates them from the worldly--is that they are 'Christlike.' Worldly leaders, no matter how kind and philanthropic they are--see, in the end, people as customers, consumers, and numbers. Christian leaders, however, see fellow sinners in need of the Savior.

Because of this, the Christian leader is endowed with an unworldly perseverance in compassion, forgiveness, and charity.

For the Christian leader is blessed with the Cross.