This is the construction stage of the book. Thus far, the reader has read about the need for change and now change needs to take place. This happens when they learn how to make those changes and the leader starts the ascent up the proper ladder of success. With all the preparations made, the climb begins.
This climb must begin with values. Those values fall under the subject of faith. The leader must have a core value system of strength in God rather than any in their abilities to succeed. It all takes place in the heart. Not only will blood need to be pumped through this muscle as they make the trek up, but motives must be pushed through with each heartbeat.
Within each movement of circulation, the person’s character is meant to function properly. There is a risk that needs to be taken though. The risk here is that of rejection. The leader must be humble and willing to trust the Lord and the people around them. When this is acted upon, the leader has taken the first step to climbing the character ladder.
The leader’s first step comes with a cost. It’s imperative for the reader to reflect on his or her own experiences in order to construct it. It is then that they can put the character ladder together. It’s much like becoming a disciple of Christ. We must consider the cost of following after Jesus. Our journey of discipleship means we must ascend towards Heaven.
Moving towards Heaven means that we have a proper understanding of one’s own value system. Our character is a reflection of our faith in Jesus. It should be the Christian’s desire to be transparent before God and others. When we accept Jesus we have become leaders. According to the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20 we are all to lead others to Christ and make disciples for the Kingdom of Heaven.
I have learned that I need to lead with the value of trust as I climb the character ladder.
Thrall, Bill, McNicol, Bruce and Ken McElrath. The Ascent of a Leader: How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and Influence. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999.