What Are the Qualities of a Good King?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 14, 2020 10:04:07 AM ET

Some of the qualities of a good king include being calm and centered, being decisive and having personal integrity. Being hard working and energetic, well spoken, able to protect and maintain order, blessing others and acknowledging the efforts of other people are a few more ideal characteristics of a king.

Throughout history, kings and leaders have been required to stay calm and focused in the face of chaos or disaster. Ancient cultures gave their kings both political and spiritual centrality, especially as the king was considered to be imbued with divine powers.

A king must be wise and decisive. His wisdom must be acquired by listening to the counsel of trusted advisers, through his own discernment and through his own personal experience. When actions and decisions are required, a king must not waver and must lead from the front.

The personal and public life of a king must be beyond reproach. He must be respected and set an example for honesty and integrity as well as keeping his word and taking responsibility for his actions. He must win the trust and respect of his people by proving himself able to protect them and their interests. He must be just and fair in all his dealings and enforce law and order in the realm. A good king must also be articulate and capable to communicate his plans and programs clearly for the progress of his kingdom.