Rick Warren writes:
Plenty of highly charismatic leaders have bombed out and failed because they lacked character, which trumps charisma every time. You don’t have to have charisma to be a leader. You do have to have character, credibility, because leadership is influence and if you don’t have credibility nobody is going to follow you.
While your reputation is about what people say you are, character is who you really are. D. L. Moody said, “Character is what you are in the dark when nobody is looking.” In Timothy 3:1-13, Paul lays out the necessary characteristics for church leadership. He never addresses having a robust resume, having gone to the right seminary, or having a magnetic public persona. He talks about character traits.
The fact is you will burn out if you try to imitate somebody else’s personality. If you want to be a leader, don’t say, “I want to be like…” and pick a model. If you try to imitate their personality, you will most likely burn out. All leaders are very different, there is great diversity. What great leaders do have in common is credibility and character. All great leaders have character.
Sometimes a person gets into leadership without character and then those character flaws cause their downfall.
How’s YOUR character?