“Inspect Before You Connect” by Dr. Jené Walker

Get to know them ”know them.”

Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles and moral uprightness. It is the state of being whole and undivided.

Having integrity is something you have to be intentional about. You have to test yourself regularly and check the motives of your own heart. I had to learn this the hard way. You may not even know there is an issue within YOU until an issue arises WITH YOU. My God I’ve learned the significance of integrity. And I ask God to show me my own heart daily.

Sometimes, we connect ourselves with other leaders who never assess themselves or evaluate their own integrity. It’s a dangerous game!

It’s nothing like exposing your team to a leader who lacks integrity or business principles or scruples. You open yourself and your team up to toxic words, beliefs, erroneous or unethical or behaviors and then you have to go behind them and undo what you’ve done. Or worse! Something happens that can’t be fixed.

Pastors and church leaders, have you ever invited someone in to preach a revival to your flock and you find out that their “revelation” is a little bit off. Now, you’ve exposed the sheep under your shepherding to foolery? Principals, have you ever hired an external consultant to come in and train whom you “thought” had the same educational philosophy and research based strategies to which you subscribe and they taught your team…foolery?

Leaders, it’s the same concept whether you’re leaders in churches, businesses, educational institutions, or corporations. Any and everybody can’t “cover” your people. Get to know them know them before you trust other leaders with your ear or the ears of your people. Your sphere (your sheep) is precious in God’s sight and yours. Guard their hearts. Evaluate, calibrate, and align before they spend time with your people.

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