In the great book Built to Last, Jim Collins notes that once a visionary company identifies its core ideology, it preserves it almost religiously – changing it seldom, if ever. Collins concluded that:
The point? Capable leaders who recognize their core values can change practices and procedures to enable their organizations to move forward while preserving those same core values.
core values in a visionary company form a rock-solid foundation and do not drift
with the trends and fashions of the day. In some cases, these core values have
remained in place for over one hundred years. Yet, while keeping their core
ideologies tightly fixed, visionary companies display a powerful desire for
progress that enables them toe change and adapt without compromising their
cherished core ideals.
Like Paul, all godly leaders need the ability to hold on to core values while making those changes necessary to advance their cause.