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A new study has found that Christian adults primarily believe integrity, not “passion for God,” is the most important quality in a leader.

The study, conducted by Ventura, Calif.-based Barna Group, found that 64 percent of Christians believe integrity to be one of the most important leadership qualities, while other important traits include authenticity (40 percent), discipline (38 percent) and“passion for God” (31 percent). Among evangelicals, however, the percentage of those who believe passion for God is an important leadership quality is significantly higher (83 percent).

More than half (58 percent) of Christians call themselves leaders, but only 15 percent of those surveyed said integrity is their main leadership quality. Instead, believers are more likely to say their strongest leadership characteristic is competence (20 percent), discipline (16 percent), collaboration (15 percent), integrity (15 percent) or authenticity (14 percent). Evangelicals again differ from the overall group on this point, with 42 percent of them saying their passion for God is their best leadership quality.

When asked what leadership characteristic they would most like to improve in themselves, nearly three out of 10 Christians (27 percent) said they wanted more courage, 17 percent said discipline, 15 percent said vision and 13 percent said passion for God.

Though most Christians believe they are leaders, a strong majority (82 percent) also seem to think the United States is facing a shortage of leaders. David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, offered his observations on America’s “leadership crisis” on the group’s website.

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