Leadership is about character.
There. I said it. Whether it's political, business, ethical, classroom, extracurricular, church, marital, parental, or any other sphere of leadership, it all boils down to character.
Leadership has the capacity and the tenacity to put you in tough situations. When you're in tough situations, two things are true:
- Your future character is developed (see Romans 5.3-5, James 1.2-4).
- Your current character is demonstrated (you know a tree by its fruits, etc).
And you see that in the list of qualifications for the two offices in the church: elders/overseers and deacons. Leadership is about character: above reproach, gentle, etc. And you measure the leadership not by their effect but by their relationships (to wine, money, their family, etc.).
Man, that Paul guy and the Holy Spirit who inspired him sure are smart.