Choose for yourselves wise, understanding, experienced, and respected men from your tribes, and I will appoint them as heads (leaders) over you.’ And you answered me, ‘The thing which you have said to do is good.’ So I took the leaders of your tribes, wise and experienced men, and made them leaders over you, commanders of thousands, and hundreds, and fifties, and tens, and officers (administrators) for your tribes. Deuteronomy 1:13-15
With the candidate’s proper moral and spiritual attributes there is also the need for practical and intellectual competency. What accomplishments do they have to show they are able to lead? If they weren’t serving in a political capacity could they make it in any other area of life?
Competency and maturity usually come over time, thus we need the wisdom that comes with it.And because bad company corrupts good morals and you know a person by the company that they keep, a biblical leader must surround themselves with godly counselors.
If all these requirements sound familiar it’s because they correspond to the same requirements taught in the New Testament for leadership in the church. These same attributes which fit a person for ecclesiastical oversight as an elder make him fit to serve the civic realm, too. Both are extensions of the family. The same spirit, attributes and character it takes to responsibly protect and provide for a family is the same kind of character it takes to be an effective civic leader.