When something is essential it is absolutely necessary. The importance factor of what is essential moves leadership to a new level.
However, the challenge is determining what is essential and what is not. Spiritually speaking, there are a number of components that play a key role in the area of essentiality.
1) Character: The late General Schwarzkoph said, “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy.” Character is essential to successful leadership.
2) Passion: Although we often think of passion as enthusiasm or excitement, the origination of the word involves suffering and sacrifice. Passion (willingness to sacrifice) is essential when considering leadership.
3) Vision: Vision is not about what is seen, but seeing what is unseen, about insight. Faith is the necessary factor for the development of leadership vision and vision is essential to spiritual leadership.
4) Goals: David Swartz said, “Goals are as essential to success as air is to life.” Without goals we have no way of knowing where we are going.
These are only four areas that are essential to our leadership.