Leader- One who has the greatest positive impact, over the longest period, on the people for whom they have stewardship or responsibility.
Pillar principles are fundamental values that are requisite for effective leadership and successful long term impact on others. Many may operate short term without these but positive impact over the long haul, even passed on to generations will not occur without these principles being in place.
Ethic - A set of moral values and principles based on constant and consistent standards that does not change with time, popular opinion, or adversity. The value set is derived and defined from a source beyond the transient opinions of contemporary wisdom and even beyond any historical base. The source of the values boil down to one of two origins: rational thought as described by a higher level of order of nature, or revelation as described by God who embodies all good and endeavors to assist all mankind to reach the same level.
Integrity - Complete adherence to the ethics defined and a code of moral values. The value set is useless if not strictly adhered to. Adherence requires discipline, moderation, temperance, and restraint, especially with respect to proper and appropriate use of passions, appetites, and urges of the physical and temporal world. Integrity also requires courage which is mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
Faith - Firm belief in something for which there is no scientific or physical proof. Some things cannot be proven with the feeble, short-sighted methods and understanding of scientific theory or secular ideology. The greatest victories are driven by a deep, internal, conviction often only truly valid to the one feeling it. The greatest proof of truths comes not from the external evidences as illustrated by experiment, equation, or peer confirmation, but from internal conviction and witness. The external is helpful, the internal is necessary. We all operate by faith.
Discovery - To obtain insight or knowledge for the first time. Constant growth requires us to seek and receive continually and effectual insights and knowledge. It renews the soul, rejuvenates the heart and invigorates the mind. It humbles the individual, which in turn opens new areas of inquiry, growth and learning, which in turn fosters more discovery. This leads to competence and expertise in areas you choose to study. An additional by-product is excellence or the quality of pursuing perfection, which through the process of discovery, one begins to see as achievable.
Charity – Benevolence and goodwill toward, and love of others. A desire for the good of others is requisite for openness of mind. Such an attitude requires the individual recognize the intrinsic divine value of self as well as others. A greater level of self-esteem and self-interest is reached when one truly desires, and works toward the achievement of growth for others than focusing on ones own accomplishments. This level of understanding is founded on a conviction that the origin of the individual is rooted in a divine nature.
Commitment - Characterized by steady, earnest and energetic application and effort. All things learned, either by study or by faith, must be mastered in the crucible of consistent, daily application. The theory must be tested, the value must be lived the insight must be shared and the knowledge must be applied. And all will be applicable in any aspect of ones life if the value, insight, theory, or knowledge is valid.
Agency - Capacity, condition or state of acting or exerting power. The ability to act for oneself, agency entails choice, responsibility, accountability. Correct use of all of these is critical. It is a real and active power increased or lessened by the way it is exercised. Used correctly and appropriately it increases our freedom, wisdom, and understanding. Improperly used it results in a bondage worse than prison because it places one not in a physical, but an emotional and spiritual prison from which it is more difficult to escape.
A last comment – Learn by Observation, Inspiration, Study
“If you learn about these things that are not written down, the unwritten order of things, you will be better qualified to be a leader --and you are going to be a leader. The most important positions of leadership are in the home.”
(President Boyd K. Packer, The Unwritten Order of Things, BYU Devotional, 15 October 1996)