No matter what you do for a living, you’ve likely been challenged on the job. When you take your faith to work, though, you’ll have the strength to make it through. Whether your career is in ministry or with a secular organization, integrating your Christian values into your position sets the stage for moral performance and service.

That’s how we at ICTSP approach graduate business education. Our programs prepare future Christian leaders to make ethical decisions and use their faith to guide their companies and employees to success.

Here are some traits you’re likely to find in Christian leaders—and perhaps see in yourself:

Christian Leaders Are Modest and Humble

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” — Philippians 2:2-4

Humility matters. Successful people can sometimes get caught up in the glory of their achievements. But, Christian business leaders are often humble, choosing not to let pride get in the way of decision-making. In fact, they’re more inclined to praise and empower others, just as Jesus did in his teachings. A faithful leader also knows he or she still has a lot to learn and remains modest of their knowledge and know-how.

Christian Leaders Are Enthusiastic and Energetic

“Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” — Ephesians 6:7

Spiritual leaders are known to make good use of their time. They put their energy toward meeting goals and deadlines; downtime on the job is rare. Likewise, many Christian leaders are committed to staying healthy in mind and body in order to maintain the mental clarity and physical strength required to do their respective work. Their enthusiasm for what they do is contagious, and it sets a good example for their employees and colleagues.

Christian Leaders Are Peacemakers

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” — Colossians 3:13

Christian leaders may not like conflict, but they also do not shy away from it. Rather, they look for ways to bring and maintain peace when issues arise. For example, if a disagreement between employees arises, a Christian leader may be inclined to initiate reconciliation and also turn it into a learning experience. Leaders who are guided by their faith can also create and nurture environments of mutual respect, atmospheres less likely to see conflict arise.

Christian Leaders Are Visionary

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” — Galatians 6:9

Perhaps it’s their sense of calling, but Christian business leaders are known for always thinking “what’s next?” They consider beyond the here and now, what a person or organization can become. While understanding the reality of a workplace situation or current constraints, they’re also optimistic for the future. You’re likely to find many spiritual entrepreneurs or managers strategizing for continued growth, improvement, and innovation.

Christian Leaders Are Kind and Compassionate

“The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” – Psalm 145:9

Treating other humans with dignity should be commonplace, but kindness is a trait not everyone regularly exhibits at work. You’ve seen it: disrespect, gossip, games. Christian leaders tend to be naturally compassionate toward others, and they recognize that empathy and genuine care can go a long way in team-building. When someone leads with kindness, others follow.

Being a Christian leader doesn’t always equate to working in a church or faith-based organization. You can also use your faith to lead with integrity and manage and motivate people of any religious background in companies of all kinds.

At ICTSP, our programs blend professional education with Christian values, encouraging future managers and entrepreneurs to lead by example.


For the Christian leader, character, which 19th century evangelist D.L. Moody described as “worth more than anything else in this wide world,” is the moral and ethical foundation for the kind of success that honors God.


When one thinks of a LEADER, the word “love” isn’t necessarily what comes to mind. To the world, the word “love” may even sound weak. Leaders typically are admired for their ability to accomplish great things. In Scripture, the word “love” is not only feeling based, but a deliberate decision. Jesus’ Great Commandment is to love God and love people (Mark 12:30-31). The God-honoring LEADER seeks and maintains an ongoing, intimate relationship with God and lives out of an over flowing relationship with Him. From that relationship, the fruit of the Spirit is manifest and his character becomes extraordinary.


Humility flows out of proper perspective and a grateful heart. The humble CHRISTIAN LEADER surrenders to God, giving Christ His rightful place as Lord. He or she understands that not everything depends on them, and that everything is possible with God. They’re grateful to God—for who God is; for a costly salvation; and for the gifts, talents, business opportunities, and significant purpose God has provided. Secure in their identity in Christ and humbly aware of their strengths, they willingly admit their weaknesses and mistakes. They invite dissenting opinions and give credit and recognition freely. They also encourage the right people in the right roles and allows them the freedom to perform.


The obedient CHRISTIAN LEADER lives for an audience of One and seeks to be a wise and faithful steward. A “doer of the Word,” he applies God’s principles to everyday business decisions. He realizes the importance of pursuing holiness and practicing self- discipline—doing the right thing, whether or not he feels like it. Leaders must lead themselves first through discipline; then they can focus on leading others. Many get this out of order, and weak character sabotages their success.


Many over-simplify integrity and miss the extreme importance of this quality for the Christian leader. Integrity is multidimensional: The Christian leader achieves real integrity only when he’s completely aligned with the will of God, courageously exercises self-discipline, and is empowered by the Holy Spirit.


While honesty is a sub-trait of integrity, it’s so critical for a Christian leader that it deserves to be highlighted. Automobile pioneer John Dodge once commented: “There is no twilight zone of honesty—a thing is right or wrong, it’s black or white. Today, we hide our dishonesty behind such euphemisms as ‘gray areas,’ ‘half truths,’ or ‘little white lies.’” Honesty begins with ourselves. As the Scripture above points out, we’re experts at lying to ourselves, many times unknowingly. Dishonesty is usually easy to spot—and powerfully detrimental to an organization. So, for the CEO to be an example of Christ to non-believing team members (or believers!), honesty is extremely important. Without complete honesty, trust is lost and relationships suffer.


There are two main components of faithfulness: living by faith and being trustworthy. Living by faith means seeking and trusting God, pursuing the mission He’s given us with courage, taking risks, and persevering in hope through difficult times. It’s resting on His character, relying on His promises, and doing things His way, not ours’. The faithful CHRISTIAN LEADER also seeks to be a person God can trust— recognizing that God leads the and has entrusted all to His followers. Every Christian leader realizes he’ll answer to God for everything—work, relationships, lifestyle—and more and looks forward with hope and joy to the day he’ll stand before the Lord and hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”


Jesus was a model servant to the Father and we’re similarly called: “He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them”  (2 Corinthians 5:15).  Being a servant-leader requires being humble and secure in our identity and caring for those we serve. If we seek the approval of men over the approval of God, we’ll cling to position, power, and authority for ego’s sake. Part of servant leadership is striving to serve customers and vendors with excellence—it’s seeking to deliver value and be a blessing to them in every interaction.