DCL 6.5 Instruction | Character Protects Your Talent

This lesson presented by Todd Mullins does not entirely follow the notes.  In addition to elements of the material Todd shares the need to have a healthy soul to enable leaders to lead with character and integrity.

Video Presentation: Todd Mullins, Lead Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Florida


Many people with talent climb quickly to the top, but the ones who have neglected to develop strong character rarely stay there long. Absence of strong character eventually topples them.

What exactly comprises character? The following four elements are essential:

1.  Self-discipline – The greatest victories are internal ones. We must learn to lead ourselves. Self-discipline is the ability to do what is right even when you don’t feel like doing it.

2.  Core values – Core values define what we believe and how we live. They give order and structure to a person’s inner life. When the inner life is in order, a person can navigate almost anything the world throws at him.

3.  Sense of identity – You must know who you are. No man can long show one face to himself and another to the public without living a very confusing and ineffective life.

4.  Integrity – Integrity is the alignment of values, thoughts, feelings, and actions.


Character Is a Choice

Talent is a gift, but character is a choice. If you want it, you must develop it. Here is how to become a talent-plus person in the area of character:

1.  Don’t give up or give in to adversity. Character cannot be developed in ease and comfort.

2.  Always do the right thing.

  • Cowardice asks the question: Is it safe?
  • Consensus asks the question: Is it popular?
  • Character asks the question: Is it right?

3.  Take control of your life. Developing character is your personal responsibility.


Remember: While your circumstances are beyond your control, your character is not. Character, more than anything else, will make you a talent-plus person.


Biblical Case Study: Daniel (Daniel 6:1-10)

Daniel faced a crucially important choice. Would he submit to an ungodly law, or stick with his convic­tions? His core values guided his actions. Because of his values and principles, Daniel was able to decide quickly and confidently to do what was right. This man of godly character did the right thing even when he knew the consequences would be the den of lions.



  • How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 when it comes to self-discipline?
  • How can you improve in this area? Take time to identify and discuss your core values.


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