Tag: Courage

Wisdom and Courage…

Wisdom and courage warrant discussion on many levels and have for a long time. These two qualities or attributes are critical to the development of leaders.

Mark Amend says, “Wisdom is learning to let go when you want to hang on. Courage is learning to hang on when you want to let go.”

Learning to let go even when our emotions are telling us something contrary and learning to hang on when the appearance of letting go makes sense are foundational components to demonstrating wisdom and courage.

Spiritual leaders today need to learn the potent combination of both.

Spiritual Leadership…

The heart of a spiritual leader has resolve. Consider the following.

Spiritual leaders are determined, unwavering in the decided course of action.

Spiritual leaders are purposeful. Nothing is done by accident. They are intentional.

Spiritual leaders are adamant. They cannot be persuaded or distracted by trivial matters.

Spiritual leaders make the decision of courage when they must lead in moments of fear.

Spiritual leaders are unshakable. Leaders are pulled in many directions. However, they cannot be shaken from their foundation.

A True Leader…

Douglas MacArthur once said, “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

His thought exemplifies four key words that powerfully contribute to leadership.

Confidence – We need confidence in God and our leadership.

Courage – Leaders must demonstrate courage when needed.

Compassion – This Christlike quality should characterize all leaders. 

Equality – Acting with consistency is a key to equality.

Integrity – Few areas are more important than walking with integrity.

Confidence, Courage, Compassion – Integrity…

Confidence, courage, and compassion are three of the strongest words in leadership. Douglas MacArthur used these words in this thought, “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” 

The last thought powerfully establishes true spiritual leadership – integrity.

If leaders demonstrate the qualities identified and possess the integrity to stand behind them, their leadership will be stronger and point others to the God who gave them this position.

Brave Leadership…

“Be brave.” We’ve all heard it, but why is it so challenging and difficult? Perhaps it’s because we tend to believe that being brave is a quality to develop or possess.

Being brave, like courage, is a decision to act at the moment it is needed.

Most leaders do not consider themselves to possess the quality of bravery. Rather, in those moments when they needed to be brave, they demonstrated it.

Interestingly enough, many who claim to be brave fail to demonstrate what is needed when the moment arises. The church must have leaders who recognize the moment it is needed and act bravely now.