It is written, “As a man thinking in his heart so is he.” So is he in the words he repeats, the things he does and the results of his hands. If this is so, then the leader at the helm of any corporation most possess the appropriate temperament and outlook. In the last article, I highlighted the qualitative measure of a checklist when selecting a company as a good candidate for investment.
As a Christian, what better way to measure the qualities of a CEO or an executive team than to observe analogs to their attitude to that espoused by Christ. So here is a list of qualities of Christ you should look for in a CEO.
Compassionate – does the CEO show compassion to employees, customers, and stakeholders, or is the CEO main objective profit at all cost?
Loving – is the CEO loving, particularly to his family? A person is successful not by what the world says about them but by what his/her family thinks.
Committed – does the CEO has a long-range view and is committed to sound principles and building a superior product?
Matthew 10: 37-38; Matthew 19:21-22
Gentle – is the CEO gentle and careful with his words? “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1
Humble – The Bible equates humility with wisdom.
Servant – is the CEO setting an example of service to the team?
Forgiving – forgiveness is the highest expression of love. A forgiving heart is one that is open to possibilities.
Matthew 5:43-48; Mark 11:25; Isaiah 1:18
Prayerful – does the CEO recognize the ultimate source of wisdom and calls upon providence for guidance in difficult moments? Is he a “know it all.”?
Self Control – if a man cannot control himself he has no business leading others
Patience – he does not need a high IQ all he needs is patience to see things through. Patience, a fruit of the spirit, is an under appreciated but a critical asset. According to Charlie Munger, Vice President of Berkshire Halfaway, “It’s waiting that helps you as an investor, and a lot of people just can’t stand to wait. If you didn’t get the deferred-gratification gene, you’ve got to work very hard to overcome that.”
2 Peter 3:8-9
Failure – failure is the anomaly. It is one aspect of a good CEO that does not characterize Christ. “He who has never failed has never tried.”- Emmett LeCompte