Character is tested when a person receives power. (Attributed to Abraham Lincoln by John Wooden, late legendary coach)

Wooden points out that key elements of great character: humility, consideration for others and integrity are sometimes severely tested when a person receives power. He adds, “Maintaining these qualities when we have power requires self discipline. A leader’s most powerful tool is his or her example.” Using one’s authority requires a humble concern for others.

When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. (Proverbs 29:2)