In reading through Daniel today I came across three character traits that made him a strong leader that his colleagues couldn’t accuse of any malice. Daniel 6:4 says Daniel was:
- Honest: There was “no corruption” in him. He was true to himself and true to his God. He did not lie, no fault was found in him, and he spoke with truth. Dishonesty destroys your credibility.
- Faithful: Daniel was “trustworthy.” King Darius could trust that Daniel would be faithful to him as a leader. A person you can’t trust is an unstable foundation to build any organization.
- Reliable: Daniel wasn’t “negligent.” Daniel did what he said he would do. He was not full of empty promises. Unreliability is the recipe for broken relationships and organizational failure.
4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.