Some words in the English language always seem to be difficult when determining which to use. How about effect or affect? Perhaps it is the use of insure or ensure.
Regardless of what words might challenge us most, one set that falls into this category is conscious or conscience.
Interestingly enough, these words are significant when thinking about the development of leadership.
Consciousness involves the awareness or ability to respond to one’s surroundings. We can all relate to the need for leaders to demonstrate an awareness of the decisions or actions necessary in response to the situation.
Conscience, oddly enough, relates to that inner voice that is understood to act as a guide regarding right and wrong behavior. Specifically, the conscience of a leader must be exemplified by the moral decisions made each day.
Consider how vital it is for leaders to have the ability to respond to their surroundings in such a way that the guiding strength of their inner voice is proven by a moral fiber shaped by the perfect and unchanging word of God.
Here is where true leadership takes flight.