"For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up success for the upright; He is a shield for those who live with integrity so that he may guard the paths of justice and protect the way of his faithful followers." (Proverbs 2:6-8).
Solomon, arguable one of the wisest leaders in human history, gave us two essentials for effective leadership.
1. Personal Growth
"For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding."
Effective leaders continually seek wisdom and knowledge and there is no better place than from God's Word. I believe that it's not only important WHAT you learn but from WHOM you learn. There is no better person in this universe to learn from than God Himself. In His Word, God has given us all we need to be greatly influential and effective leaders.
Here is what I know: if we want to grow in our leadership ability, we have to get intentional about daily growth. In other words, spend time in God's Word every day. Growth is a process not a program. You cannot give what you do not have. Take time, each day, and learn from the Leader of all leaders.
"He stores up success for the upright; He is a shield for those who live with integrity so that he may guard the paths of justice and protect the way of his faithful followers."
Solomon teaches us that God will grant success to the person of integrity. People gladly follow persons of right character because they know that they want to add value to them. They don't have to worry about motives. As James Kouzes and Barry Posner rightly stated, "If you don't believe in the messenger, you won't believe the message."
What is integrity? John Maxwell states it like this, "Integrity is not what we do, so much as who we are. And who we are, in turn, determines what we do. We are all faced with conflicting desires. No one, no matter how "spiritual," can avoid this battle. Integrity is the factor that determines which desire will prevail. We struggle daily with situations that demand decisions between what we want to do and what we ought to do.
Integrity establishes the ground rules for resolving these tensions. It allows us to predetermine what we will be regardless of circumstances, persons involved, or the places of our testing. It frees us to be whole persons no matter what comes our way."
(Excerpt from Developing the Leader Within You).
Solomon says, God will not only grant success to the person of integrity, but He will guard their paths and provide protection. I've have always said that the leader's greatest line of defense is his or her integrity.