• Great advice. As a younger pastor, I am always challenged by the words in Psalm 78:72. Taking about king David, “so He shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart and guided them with his skillful hands.” I strive for that, integrity first, and skill second. Thanks Rick!

    • pnordman

      Beautiful! Thanks so much….

  • JT

    Shouldn’t we be more concerned w/ being servants then leaders? Also, shouldn’t the focus be on Christ? I don’t see any mention of dependence on Christ and His resources in this message either… we need less of us and more of HIM. Ultimately, if we are humbling ourselves and filling ourselves with HIM we will be more affective at accomplishing HIS will for our lives. And His will for our lives should be our only focus.

    • JT, overall, yes. But that doesn’t mean we don’t ever need to address these secondary subjects either.

      • JT

        Thanks for responding Brandon. I agree- character and competence are very important points to touch on. But we can’t forget to mention the Source of these good qualities who is Christ… Ultimately if we draw closer to Him by submitting to His authority and taking up our cross daily these qualities will come naturally. No matter how hard we try we will not be able to produce fruitful results on our own or a part from Him. With Love in Christ. JT

  • I absolutely love this article. I am so grateful I go to a church, http:www.lifeatvictory.com, that believes this and ensure that young leaders are more focused on the growth of their character than their platform. Thanks for being intentional about teaching young leaders, including myself, this Rick. It matters.

  • TERRY JARVIS

    Hi there, thanks for the above, I will be looking into a key book from each of the author’s. thanks again Terry

  • Pastor Rick Warren, thank you for the great article regarding Character and competency in Leadership.
    I am questioning myself why people do not care about their integrity and character in serving others. There is no difference between believers and nonbelievers. The cause is that some of the leaders do not have good attitude on how they approach others. In another words, No character.

    Patsor Warren, could you search more why today’s generation face the issue of lack of Character? Or simply my view may be correct!!!!!!Lack of Character lessons in education. Look around in different places around the World, no universities has educational system that support Character. Or most of Jobs requirements forgot this element by just focusing on the competency Only? no idea.But great note, servant of GOD.

  • Doug Picirillo

    This brings to mind a model proposed by Stephen M.R. Covey in “The Speed of Trust”. Trust, Covey asserts, is built on character and competence. Character is composed of intentions and integrity. Both are necessary. For example, it’s possible that one can have unsavory or immoral intentions and be perfectly honest and transparent about it. Competence is composed of capabilities and results. Both are necessary. We can put a degree of trust in somebody based on what we think they can do. But when they produce results, and have a track record, our trust deepens.

  • David

    I needed to read that today. Thank you.

  • Freddie

    When you charisma – do you mean people who are gifted with spiritual gifts and are filled with the Holy Spirit continually?

    • No, to clarify, charisma in rick’s thinking has to do with having a personality and speaking ability that is attractive.