The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

The Essential Character of a Leader

Bible Character: Joseph

Essential characteristics are those imperative attributes that make up a leader. It’s not so much the leadership style that you chose to lead with as much as the vital qualities that are the core of the person.

Even though Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, he managed to become the 2nd most powerful leader in all of Egypt.  What were some of Joseph’s essential characteristics that helped propel him to such an important position?


And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. Genesis 39:3 NIV

Prosperity still often comes from dedication and hard work. Success can possible be achieved without it, but overall influence is stronger with it.


Once Joseph rose to overseer of his master’s home in Egypt, the master’s wife had longing eyes for Joseph and continually tried to seduce him. Joseph knew that this type of behavior was inconsistent with his own moral values, and it would be detriment to his relationship with his master…so he refused her advances.

The most basic choices of right and wrong are often blurred in our society. Leaders are the example for the rest of the team when it comes to when making choices that promote positive virtues.


By the time Joseph was 30 years old Pharaoh, King of Egypt, appointed Joseph over the entire land of Egypt. He knew he could trust Joseph.  God calls for us to be people of Integrity, dedicated to our work, and trustworthy, which is the foundation of our essential character.  It sounds simple, but often it is not.


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