Reaction Paper on 'Leadership'

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Righteous leaders are rare and seemingly belong to a class of their own. But when is a leader a righteous leader? What makes one virtuous? A lot of people have already listed traits that make up a good leader and the article provided was just one of them. Even the Bible had summed up the qualified traits that make up a righteous leader. Titus 1:7-9 talks about the leader that God required to lead – that the man chosen to have the responsibility to lead his people must be blameless, not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just holy, temperate; holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine to exhort and convince the gainsayers. Such were the words to describe an honorable leader – a person that offers service and does not abuse power. He does not maim, oppress and destroy compared to power- drunk leaders. He is never arrogant but humble. Being humble is one of the “must be attitude” of a true leader and it’s quite a challenge for a person to be humble when he is already a boss. As the wise saying goes… “You can know the true nature of a man when you give him money and power…” Wicked leaders are defined in most banal of senses as compared to righteous leaders. Listed below are only a few of my understanding from the literary piece which had provided the good points befitting an upright leader. “Who cannot be bought and whose world is their promise…” – they have the trait called genuineness. I believe this is the very foundation of a leader. Leadership begins and ends with this trait. It’s because they are genuine people that they manage to lead their people into what they believe is right and because of this that they also gain true and loyal subordinates. “Who put character above wealth…” – righteous leaders are guided by their heart as well as their mind and are committed to empowering not only themselves but...
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