The Apostle Knew
What He Was Talking About.
Been there and done that
and he knew how hard it was,
for himself and for us.
Be on your guard.
Stand firm in the faith.
Be men of courage.
1 Corinthians 16:13
I don't want to be "too" hard in what I say, but here goes.
Courage is one of those qualities that leaders MUST HAVE.
If you can't take the heat, then get out of the kitchen.
Courage is one of those qualities that sets leaders apart from followers. It is not that the followers don't need courage as well. But leaders must have lots of courage.
Leaders need courage:
* to dream about new, possible futures
* to dream about those futures in spite of the risks involved (and there is always risk involved)
* to lead change initiatives (which will always evoke resistance)
* to confront challenges and problems (which will be hard and come at a cost)
* to make the hard decisions and to accept full responsibility (not as easy as you may think)
* to live with the consequences and not be undone by those consequences
* to go against the tide of public opinion and especially the critics and naysayers
* to stay the course (wisely and not foolishly)
* to change the plan when it is obvious that the chosen course is not the right one (admitting mistakes requires courage)
* to step out in faith . . .
We can add many more reasons to this list, but what I've said is at least a good start.
But one more needs to be stressed. Kouzes and Posner say one of the main tasks of leadership is to ENCOURAGE THE HEART of others.
Encourage the Heart.
I like that.
To encourage the heart is to implant courage where there is none (or not enough). Not only do leaders need courage, but followers need it as well. Therefore, leaders need encough courage so they may leak it and inprint it on others around them.
May you be encouraged by the Lord.
May you be strengthed and sustained in your courage.
May you be an en-courager of those around you.
Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International