Episode two of Off the Field focuses on how character is used in leadership. Character is defined by The Cambridge English Dictionary as “a particular combination of qualities in a person or place that makes them different from others.”
"I want to become an athlete of influence!"
Character is one of the quintessential values in a strong Christian leader. As a Christian athlete, your teammates and fans look up to you and it is your responsibility to represent Christ both on and off the field. In the beginning of Hebrews 13, the author gives a list of the reminders. Verse seven specifically points out how important role models are. “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the Word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13:7, NIV).
This is not only good advice to follow when looking for a hero, but it also shows how significant good character is in leadership. We should always want to be someone others look up to. Displaying leadership that is based on integrity honors God and creates an environment where growth - both personally and in the lives of those arounds us - is possible. And that’s what we’re looking for right? Look around your life and see if there are any examples of people who lead in a way you would like to emulate.
Questions to consider
- Who in your life do you look up to? What qualities in them stood out to you?
- In Hebrews 11 features a list of names. What do they all have in common?
- Why is character so important when talking about leadership?
- How would you describe the way you currently lead?
- In what ways are you a leader in your life or in your sport?