Personal Development: Integrity!


Integrity

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:1 Samuel 1-4 [OJB].

After surveying thousands of people around the world and performing more than 400 written case studies,James Kouzes and Barry Bosner, Identified those characteristics most desired in a leader. In virtually every survey, honesty or integrity was identified more frequently than any other trait,Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It.[Jossey – Bass Management]. That makes sense, doesn’t it? If people are going to follow someone, whether into battle or in business or ministry, they want assurance that their leader can be trusted. They want to know that he or she will keep promises and follow through with commitments

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In light of this research, Israel’s high regard for Samuel comes as no surprise. During his farewell speech, after having led Israel for decades, Samuel promised to repay anything he had unjustly taken from anyone. What a promise ! Even more impressive was the people’s response: Not one person rose up to make a claim against Samuel

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Samuel’s honesty and personal integrity permeated every area of his life. These two characteristics directed how he regarded his possessions, his business dealings and his treatment of those who were weaker than himself. Samuel held himself accountable to the people he led. He openned himself up to the scrutiny of everyone with whom he had ever had dealings . As a result of these practice, Samuel’s leadership has become legendary as this story has been told and retold throughout the centuries

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Samuel’s example calls each of us to hold to this same standard of integrity. Whatever your leadership responsibilities, whether you are in charge of multi-million dollar businesses or a two year old child, manage your affairs with honesty. Let your personal commitment to integrity show in what you do during the day. As you do so , you’ll become a leader whom others will eagerly follow

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Integrity and Who God Is

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→People let us down again and again, because there is often a discrepancy between what they claim and what they live. But God will never let us down, because he never changes. His promises are as good as his unchanging character. Turn to Hebrews 13:8 and its accompanying study note to read about God’s perfect Integrity.Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever

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Verse to Memorize

:James 2:18,

Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by what I Do

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Integrity and Who I Am

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→People sometimes tell us one thing but live another. The Biblical virtue of Integrity points to a consistency between what is inside and what is outside between belief and behavior, our works and our ways, our attitudes and our actions, our values and our practice. Turn to the note on Isaiah 6:1-7to learn more about the meaning of Integrity

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Integrity and How It Works

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Integrity – Character – Ethics – Morality. We tend to use these words interchangeably and consequently blur some essential distinctives. Just what is Integrity? How is it different from ethics or morality? Jesus provided clarity with regard to these critical concepts in

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Integrity and What I Do

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How does a leader actually demonstrate Integrity? Paul have Timothy some instructions about leadership that will be helpful to all of us, and Howard and Bill Hendricks offer a telling illustration of Integrity in action. You will find today’s reading at

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