As the election period draws near, everybody has different opinions about the kind of leader they want. One thing that resonates in all voters’ minds is the type of leader they want. Everyone wants a good leader who will work to ensure life is better for all. In short, everyone wants a virtuous leader who can represent everyone equally.
However, what makes a virtuous leader? Here are four key traits that make a leader appealing to the general population.
- Deep honesty
For the longest time, leaders across the world have taken the common citizen for a ride. However, that should not be the case as good leaders need to have a bias for the truth. Proverbs 16:13 says “Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisors who tell them the truth.” Therefore, voters should always ensure they judge someone’s intentions first before casting the vote.
- Moral courage and vision
Leaders often face challenges because they have to make decisions that affect everyone. A good leader has to be able to confront a multitude of things without fear. A virtuous leader needs to have a deeper understanding of the values they fight for and the importance of ethics in both human lives and the life of organizations and communities.
- Compassion and Care
Although the election period is characterized by pure rivalry, life has to continue after voting. Therefore, a good leader must have the ability to connect with and resonate with the needs of their followers as well as non-followers. Leadership is a relationship built on compassion and care for everyone. 1 Peter 3:8 says “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” Therefore, we need to choose leaders who value love for all.
- Fairness and selflessness
A good leader must not be selfish but rather one who ensures equality despite social class. Fair leaders often portray a high level of selflessness and can go out of their way to handle complex organizational uncertainty of crisis. Proverbs 29:14 reinforces fair leadership by saying “If a king judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever.” Therefore, as Christians, we need to ensure that we evaluate our political leaders to know who can succeed in defending the interests of the common citizen and not just winning the election.