8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled,
“Sober-minded” comes from two Greek words: save and mind. A sober-minded person saves his mind. This is a cool-headed leader. He is prudent in his judgments. This leader has command of his mind. He does not allow the foolishness of others to move him from stability. He keeps his priorities straight; he does not allow the trivial or fruitless to sidetrack him.
A bishop must be temperate and sensible in the eyes of his congregation. The idea of “sober” is not solemnness but the ability to think in a balanced way.
A leader must be a master of his mind and a sensible person.
A leader must master his emotions, his mind, his words, his deeds and his attitudes. He is temperate in patience with people and in many leadership judgments.