In God's eyes, being able to lead oneself is a prerequisite to leading others. After all, if a person can't lead himself, how could he attempt to lead other people? I have found that this truth especially works itself out in the way a leader leads his family. Are the kids out of control? Do they always get what they want? Does the person follow through with discipline? What about areas of personal finance? Is everything on the up and up? Or in relationships, is there a standard of purity and fidelity? Is the person characterized by integrity? Those individuals who have their lives and their homes in order are prime candidates for leadership, and those individuals who don't have things in order should not quickly be given any positions. Once a person is able to lead himself, it might be time to promote him or her to a position of greater responsibility.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.