By Troy Vincent Sr.

As you aspire to leadership, there is something that all good leaders have in common—standards. Standard is defined as a level of quality. Another term is excellence. The standards of leaders are not all the same, but all leaders have standards. Leaders are governed by their own inspirations and motivating factors. Those motivating factors shape our leadership standards and punctuate our leadership styles. 

As a leader, you are your own raw material. You know what motivates you. You know what keeps you on track. You know how to remain focused, and you have the self-discipline to accomplish your goals. All this begins with your standards. Lacking the aforementioned is another topic for another time. A couple of questions to ask yourself:  What are your ethics? What standards do you apply toward your life? Leaders should have an anchor, so they remain grounded in the standards they establish for themselves.

My personal litmus test for standards is how it aligns with the Word of God. God’s word gives us standards by which to lead successful lives on all fronts, personal and professional. A personal favorite guiding post is ‘Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God – what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect’ Romans 12:12. Some others include: Treat others as you would like to be treated; Do no harm; Hold to what is right and good; and there are many more. I know in order for me to garner good success, bearing the standard of excellence, I must be committed to Christ, exemplify his character, conduct myself in a manner that pleases him, continually develop as a leader, and treat others with compassion and empathy. Biblical standards keep me focused and disciplined to achieve my goals in leadership. 

Your leadership standards will define how others respond to you. Having high standards, and making them known to others, helps ensure that your greatest currency—time—will not be wasted on the things that do not meet your standards. Others will know your standards and your relationships will reflect your standards. As you purpose to become a leader, set your standards and walk in your purpose.