Leadership Assessment Essay
Myra (2005) said, “Billy saw how spiritual enthusiasm did not make you immune to greed, pride, lust, and ambition” (p. 53). The beginning of moral development stems from the knowledge that we have all sinned (Romans 3:23), and can be enticed to do wrong. Billy recognized this early in his career as a Christian Leader and chose to shun the appearance of evil. Post conventional morality according to Kohlberg’s level 3 (Estep & Kim, 2010, p. 128), places the decision to act in a moral way squarely on the shoulders of the individual. Moral values at the two levels prior to Kohlberg’s third were based on a person having moral values according to the need at the moment, and on laws, rules, and guidelines.
Billy’s inner values helped him to ready himself to confront temptations. Myra gave a quote of Richard Baxter that in essence said, if we know our weaknesses, and are aware that it comes from every direction, it will be easier to avoid falling into the trap. This is along the same lines as James telling us everyone is tempted and to know ourselves (James 1:14-15).
Billy did a lot of traveling away from family and friends, and could have engaged in all kinds of moral turpitude. Instead of engaging in immoral acts while on the road, he looked around and saw other ministries falling because of their