Poor in Spirit
"Great men suffer hours of depression through introspection and self-doubt. That is why they are great. That is why you will find modesty and humility the characteristics of such men."
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3).
Concern for Others
"A leader‘s concern for others extends beyond the organization‘s boundaries. The virtue of concern for others seeks to do more than disregard others but stops short of controlling the lives of others."
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted" (Matthew 5:4).
"Aristotle described one who is meek as being angry on the right occasion, with the right people, at the right moment, and for the right length of time. Thus, one might say that the meek have a sense of duty and that they demonstrate controlled discipline."
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5).
Seeking What is Right
"The notion of seeking what is right implies that a leader does not passively accept what happens and become complacent. The leader who seeks what is right also avoids the active condition of deliberately turning away from what is right, or becoming wayward."
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied" (Matthew 5:6).
Shakespeare wrote that ―mercy seasons justice, and this is the essence of this beatitude to the leader. Mercy implies that an understanding heart is applied to the situation of judgment.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy" (Matthew 5:7).
Pure in Heart
The leader can only see God if there is nothing between him and the Master. The leader may have other loyalties, but these loyalties must be subordinate to God. The leader must be single-minded and focused first on serving and loving God.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Matthew 5:8).
The leader learns from conflict while working toward unity and the organizational objectives. A leader must intervene in situations where someone creates strife. The peace-maker lives between and avoids being either a pacifist or a warmonger.
"Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9).
Persecution is a blessing in disguise designed to bring out the best of Christian character. From it we frequently become aware of weaknesses in our character. Persecution's pressures are humbling. They make us understand that our spiritual infirmities are so great that we cannot stand for a single hour unless Christ upholds us.
"Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 5:10)