Yesterday we looked at the first two qualities of Biblical Leadership found in Exodus 18:21. To end our week of devotions about Biblical Leadership let’s look at the last two qualities given:
Look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people…
#3 - Trustworthiness - Honesty, Integrity & Trust. These are qualities all wrapped up into the character of a person. No matter the ability, if a person is unscrupulous then their leadership will be inconsistent. To find a trustworthy person to elevate into influence is to give a great gift to the people they will lead.
#4 - Hate a Bribe - As a prime example of trustworthiness we are given this final characteristic. It can be boiled down into this question - ‘Who owns them?’. You don’t want a leader who can be bought. You want a leader who is financed by their own character and that is sold out to the vision of the organization they lead. Note, a person can be bribed and bought by more than money.