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Leadership Integrity

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Deals with the principle of integrity as an essential character trait especially within leaders. Issues: What is integrity? What are the two streams of integrity? What are the benefits of integrity? Why must integrity be balanced with discernment?
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    Leadership Integrity © 2014 Randolph Barnwell. The communication, reproduction and/or distribution of this material in any form is permissible and encouraged, provided that no monetary profit is gained. Consent for use of this material outside of this prescription must be sought in writing. [randolph@gatedc.co.za; www.randolphbarnwell.com; (+27) 83 2729 579 1 LE DERSHIP INTEGRITY Psalm 78:72 So he shepherded  them according to the integrity of his heart , And guided them  with his skillful hands . There are two facets of leadership which arise from this verse: a.   Shepherding  : This is the core description and function of leadership. Shepherded = ra’ah  = (i) to feed, to tend; to be a shepherd. to care for, to protect, to graze, to   feed flocks and herds (ii) to associate with, to be a companion, to be a friend. Jer. 3:15  “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart , who will feed you on knowledge and understanding. Ezek. 34:22  “Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David , and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David will be prince among them; I the Lord have spoken. Note in Psalm 78:72, shepherding demands an internal heart posture of integrity. This is prerequisite for effective shepherding. Leadership Integrity  concerns the uprightness of heart and purity of motivation that configures one’s leadership. b.   Guiding : Guided = na      ! cha      ! h  = to lead, to guide, usually in the right direction or on the proper path to guide ; by implication to transport  to bestow, bring, govern, lead (forth), put, straiten. The word ‘transport’ implies migration to a predetermined place.    Leadership Integrity © 2014 Randolph Barnwell. The communication, reproduction and/or distribution of this material in any form is permissible and encouraged, provided that no monetary profit is gained. Consent for use of this material outside of this prescription must be sought in writing. [randolph@gatedc.co.za; www.randolphbarnwell.com; (+27) 83 2729 579 2 Exod. 23:20-22 20 Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. 21 Be on your guard before him and OBEY HIS VOICE do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since My name is in him. 22 But if you truly OBEY HIS VOICE and DO ALL THAT I SAY, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. Note the dual role of the angel/spiritual father here : 1) He ‘guards you along the way’ 2) He brings you into the place God prepares for you The destination to which men are to be guided is Christ – His nature and function. Col. 1:28  We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ Note in Psalm 78:72, ‘guiding’ demands ‘skill’ which speaks of wisdom or an endowment of grace by which God empowers the leader. When the heart is pure and one of integrity, the hands will be ‘skilled’ for function. Let us focus on Leadership Integrity.   1 Kings 9:4,5  As for you, if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart  and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom  over Israel foreve r, just as I promised to your father David, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’  1 Kings 19 says that he WALKED in integrity  of heart. Psalm 78 says that David LED with integrity.  Before you lead with integrity, you have to walk in integrity. You cannot lead according to a specific dimension in which you are not actually walking or living in . The expectation of the Lord upon leaders to lead with integrity presupposes that you are already functioning with integrity in all aspects of your life. The promise made to David was that his throne will continue forever. This promise was actually fulfilled in Jesus Christ, who reigns on the Throne of David. David’s rule has continued throughout the    Leadership Integrity © 2014 Randolph Barnwell. The communication, reproduction and/or distribution of this material in any form is permissible and encouraged, provided that no monetary profit is gained. Consent for use of this material outside of this prescription must be sought in writing. [randolph@gatedc.co.za; www.randolphbarnwell.com; (+27) 83 2729 579 3 generations and climaxed in Jesus. The principle to be learnt here is that when rule and leadership function with integrity, then that leadership’s role and influence will not be short lived, nor will its impact and influence be limited to a restricted sphere or area . Like Abel, who ‘though being dead, yet speaks’ (Hebrews), leaders with integrity have an influence even beyond their natural life. What exactly does integrity refer to?  Generally it refers to your inner commitment to and thus outward practice of honourable values and principles. Let us look at the Hebrew word for integrity: Integrity = tome  = Innocence, simplicity, blamelessness, uprightness Completeness or fullness Note the emphasis on innocence, blamelessness and uprightness on the one hand, and then completeness and fullness on the other. To be a person of integrity is to be spiritually and morally circumspect and upright, wherein all your thoughts, motivations and actions are unpolluted and honourable before the Lord.  The person whose integrity is comprised will not be ‘full’ and ‘complete’. Figuratively, the Hebrew word ‘tome’ alludes to ‘ prosperity’,  which includes not just material prosperity , but also incorporates a sense of inner wellbeing and satiation.  The Reader’s Digest Oxford Complete Wordfinder defines integrity in four ways and provides various synonyms for each one: a. Moral Uprightness  : Rectitude, righteousness, decency, honour, principle, morality, goodness, virtue, incorruptibility 1 b.   Honesty  : Probity, purity, veracity, trustworthiness  c. Wholeness : Entirety, totality, completeness, unity, oneness, togetherness 2 d.   Soundness : Coherence, consistency, validity There is an honest ‘candor’ and frankness that is expected of us as we pursue integrity in our leadership. But this must be pure and holy. All traces of deceit, dishonesty, conniving, secret dealings,    Leadership Integrity © 2014 Randolph Barnwell. The communication, reproduction and/or distribution of this material in any form is permissible and encouraged, provided that no monetary profit is gained. Consent for use of this material outside of this prescription must be sought in writing. [randolph@gatedc.co.za; www.randolphbarnwell.com; (+27) 83 2729 579 4 scheming, trickery, cheating, under-handedness, exploitive and manipulative tendencies must not be a feature of effective Godly leadership . Corruption in leadership, morally and otherwise, is widespread today. Job 31:5,6  If I have walked with falsehood , And my foot has hastened after deceit . Let Him weigh me with accurate scales , And let God know my integrity . We have to commit to doing our utmost to preserve the principle of integrity within leadership. Note in the definition above also, there are two streams , viz. uprightness and honesty on the one hand, and wholeness and soundness on the other.  The two streams are mutually dependant, the one leading to the other. Where you have moral uprightness and honesty, you will also have wholeness and soundness. There must be no severe or detrimental moral or character deficiency in our lives, but the state of oneness and togetherness. There can be no effective coherence and cohesion in a group in which there is compromised integrity in the lives of the people in the group. The lack of integrity in individual leaders is probably what has led to the plague of sharp division and thus impotency in entire leadership teams. Commitment to the principle of integrity by all is key to facilitating and sustaining the condition of oneness and also fosters the ultimate state of ‘completeness’, where the entire leadership team and thus all those under their oversight will enjoy the benefits of ‘completeness’, ‘fullness’, where there will be no lack at any level in their lives personally and in the church corporately. Someone defined integrity as doing the right in the dark, when no-one on earth sees, but everyone on the unseen realm is observing. In engineering, structural integrity and failure  is an aspect which deals with the ability of a structure to support a designed load (weight, force, etc.) without breaking, tearing apart, or collapsing, and includes the study of breakage that has previously occurred in order to prevent failures in future designs. Applied spiritually, our integrity ensures that we personally are able to contain the weight of glory of God’s person within us, and could also refer to readiness in our capacity to steward significant aspects of His vast global purposes, without personal failure or collapse. Benefits of Ruling and Leading with Integrity : 1. Easy and quick Determination of the Will of the Lord The plural form of the Hebrew word ‘tome’ is the word ‘thummin’. The urim and the thummin was a piece of ornament which the priest wore on his chest and was used to determine the will of the Lord on specific issues. It is interesting that it was placed very close to the heart. Let integrity reign in plural
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