The Lift Project: Leading for Results: Character Traits

What does character have to do with results? Turns out according to Henry Cloud, “A lot!” Not just those character traits of hard work, commitment and courage. But just as important (perhaps even more so), those character traits that Peter lays out in 2 Peter 1:5-8, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. Put those traits all together in your life combined with knowledge of Christ and His work, you are on the path to fruitfulness.

In the Lift Project: Leading for Results class I am learning there is a balance between monitoring numbers (in church world numbers often equal people) and the growth of one’s character, my character. When numbers start tracking down, something needs to be addressed. But with character something always needs to be grown and developed. Results come from more than hard work, even more than smart work. Eternal results, lasting results, comes from the Spirit’s work within us.

In the 4th week of our online  class were  2 videos to watch and other  online resources that provide some great questions to ponder:

Does the way I am glued together get in my way?

Do I have the make up to make the hard call?

What about the ability to guard the vision?

How result oriented am I? How do I measure those?

Then came the video on pruning. The challenge to make that hard call to let go of some stuff (even good stuff) to focus on the best. This is not just one area of leadership, but in dealing with strategy, meetings, policy, and time with people.

One leadership saying is that when the horse is dead, it’s time to dismount. But what about when the horse is alive though perhaps slowing down? Do I know when to move on to a new horse?

In reading chapter 9 this week from Integrity, I loved how Henry laid out the well known sequence: Ready. Aim. Fire. That makes sense.

Then why the temptation to always focus on ready, or to be more willing to simply fire instead of first aiming? Often the answer is Character.

Results are part of leadership, but character builds a strong leadership core especially with Jesus Christ at the center and the Holy Spirit’s work in one’s life.


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