A coffee cup

A leader's character is more important that a leader's abilityIt was just a coffee cup sitting at the edge of his desk. Several months later, it became a picture of something more sinister, yet also a valuable lesson in personal leadership which I’ve carried for over 25 years.

It was mid-September and I was interviewing for an associate pastoral staff position in a large size, influential church. When my wife and I arrived, the receptionist / secretary came out to greet us, sat us down and told us that the pastor would be with us shortly. We ended up waiting in the silent, empty and cavernous sanctuary for about 45 minutes until she came out again and brought us to his office. Walking into that office, I noticed it almost immediately… the memory is still with me… a lip-stick stained coffee cup just sitting on the edge of his beautiful mahogany desk. At the conclusion of our interview Continue Reading…