This is from a friend of mine:
Mature Leaders are patient:
They don’t give up quickly.
Mature Leaders are kind:
They understand the power and value of gentleness, and the healing work of a soft word spoken in season.
Mature Leaders do not envy:
They rejoice as they see others grow and develop within the organization.
Mature Leaders do not boast:
They aren’t quick to share their own accomplishments but would rather see others receive credit they deserve.
Mature Leaders are not proud:
They are not insistent on their own way but are diligent about gathering the perspective of others.
Mature Leaders do not dishonor others:
They do not secretly point out the shortcoming of others, but consider how the gifts they posses can compliment and compensate for others.
Mature Leaders are not self-seeking:
They are thinking about how to serve their co-laborers.
Mature Leaders are not easily angered:
They do not quickly lose their temper, but are careful and guarded with their words, understanding that a single word misspoken can do more damage to an organization – or to a staff worker - than can years of service.
Mature Leaders keep no record of wrongs:
They are not one who will list out the mistakes of the past but instead have released them and forgiven them for their sake and for the sake of the work of the body.
Mature Leaders do not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth:
They are grieved when there are failed relationships.
Mature Leaders always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere:
This is packed full of meaning – rather than exposing faults of other staff, they actively engage in protecting their reputation, their role, and their value within the organization.
Mature Leaders never fail:
They exhibit all of the above day after day.