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Leadership Characteristics from the Book of Exodus | FaithSearch PartnersIn a world constantly seeking effective leadership paradigms, ancient wisdom often provides timeless truths that resonate with modern challenges. As executive search professionals and leaders ourselves, it’s crucial to dive deep into such reservoirs of knowledge to find guiding principles that help us select leaders who are not only proficient but also embody values that uplift and sustain. The Book of Exodus offers profound insights into leadership and governance. And Exodus 18:21 stands as a beacon, illuminating the qualities essential for those called to lead.

Moreover, you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
Exodus 18:21

Exodus 18:21 emerges from a narrative where Moses, leading the Israelites out of Egypt, is advised by his father-in-law, Jethro, to delegate leadership roles to avoid burnout and inefficiency. This verse isn’t just about delegation; it’s a profound guideline on the qualities of leaders.

Able Leaders: The first criterion is capability. Leaders must possess the skills and knowledge relevant to their roles. In our search for executives, we must prioritize competence and a proven track record, ensuring they can meet organizational challenges with acumen and resilience.

Fear God: This phrase denotes a moral and ethical compass. Leaders should respect a higher authority, adhere to ethical standards, and act with a sense of accountability. In today’s terms, it translates to leaders who value integrity, make morally sound decisions, and lead with a sense of duty and responsibility.

Truthful Leaders: Honesty and transparency are non-negotiable in effective leadership. Leaders must be truthful in their communications, commitments, and character. This aligns with our relentless pursuit of candidates who are not only proficient but also uphold truth and transparency as cornerstones of their leadership style.

Hating Covetousness: A leader must not be driven by greed or personal gain but should prioritize the welfare of the community and/or organization they serve. This principle underscores the importance of selflessness in leadership. We search for leaders who demonstrate a commitment to service, placing the organization’s needs above their own.

Incorporating these principles from the Book of Exodus into our executive search process, we strive to identify leaders who are not only skilled but also embody these timeless qualities. This ensures that the leaders we place are well-equipped to foster environments of growth, integrity, and accountability.

Exodus 18:21 offers more than historical or religious insight; it presents a framework for identifying and nurturing true leadership. By embracing these principles, we not only elevate the standard of leadership in our organizations but also contribute to a legacy of ethical, effective, and enduring leadership. As we continue to guide organizations in their search for transformative leaders, let us always return to these foundational qualities, ensuring that the leaders of today and tomorrow lead with capability, integrity, truth, and selflessness. In doing so, we don’t just fill positions; we fulfill a higher purpose in shaping the future of leadership.


FaithSearch Partners drives executive searches with passion and purpose. We understand the importance of these qualities in effective biblical leadership and strive to help our clients find the right candidates who embody them.

FaithSearch consultants bring more than 130 years of cumulative experience in faith-based executive search. If you’re looking for leaders who can make a difference for the kingdom throughout your organization – leaders who will positively impact your people and community – reach out to us. FaithSearch excels in securing leaders for Christian media, nonprofits, higher education, ministries, and faith-driven organizations.

Contact the FaithSearch team today for more information.


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