“See, the enemy is puffed up;
his desires are not upright—
but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness—
indeed, wine betrays him;
he is arrogant and never at rest.
Because he is as greedy as the grave
and like death is never satisfied,
he gathers to himself all the nations
and takes captive all the peoples" - Habbakuk 2:4-5.
It is interesting that the concept of living by faith actually appears in the Old Testament, and the person who does not walk in faith is negatively portrayed in today's verses. People of un-faith can have some or all of the mentioned traits: puffed up or proud, driven by unrighteous desires, arrogant, restless, greedy, unsatisfied and insatiable, and aggressively trying to take control of everyone and everything around them. Unfaithful leaders can do grave damage to people and organizations when their drive to win and conquer is on the loose and they are not even aware of what they are doing or why. Leaders must develop faith habits that enable them to trust other people, their teams, the future, their decisions, and the Lord and the promises in His word.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to assess your leadership motivations as honestly and courageously as possible. Where faith doesn't exist, fear does, and it can lead to the negative traits mentioned above. Go over that list again and ask the Lord to show you where those traits are operating in your leadership style. Don't assume you know what's in you and why; just do a self-examination (or with a counselor) to determine if un-faith is motivating you in any way.