The Brotherhood – Part 31

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

What do we look for in a leader?

Just about any political season spawns this question (at least for me). As candidates crisscross our television sets in search of votes, the question of leadership and what it entails moves center stage.

In the political arena, apparently leadership tries to connect us to shared ideas. Sure, there are the warnings against the extremes of rival candidates, but debates and the better ads focus on issues. And the candidates seemingly try to position themselves in an electable posture. They speak where the majority speaks in hopes of gaining a majority of the votes. If candidates have ideas that are less mainstream, they tend to keep those thoughts under wraps as such a revelation could sink the campaign.

Is that what leadership is? Find the most popular thoughts and make them your own so people will follow you? Perhaps that’s the only place a democracy can lead, but most of us are looking for something else in a leader–integrity.

The ability to be trusted is often the most popular response when answering the question of leader traits. If you think of your most-admired leader list, likely everyone near the top is someone you think you could trust. You are certain that in every situation, these leaders will do what is best even if it proves difficult or causes them to sacrifice. The best leaders do what is best no matter what.

Now I’m not sure we can infuse election season with such thinking, but we can align our own leadership to such an ideal. In our homes, on the job, in our church, and wherever else we are asked to lead, we can serve with integrity. Who I choose to be is my decision. I can’t make such a choice for anyone else, no matter how I might wish to impact their path. But I can choose integrity for my own life.

If your wife and kids are listing their most-admired leaders, don’t you want to make that list? There’s really only one way–be the leader you admire!

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