“The Courage That Leadership Requires”
Deuteronomy 31:7-8, Joshua 1:9
Be Strong and Courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you
wherever you go.”
Joshua is doubly warned about fear and encouragement.
Leadership demands a non-stop flow of fortitude
Courage correlates to every facet of leadership.
Vision is the most important tool in a leader’s arsenal.
Make people so discontent with where they are that they are willing to move from ‘Here’ to ‘There’
Every significant vision that God puts in you is going to put your courage to the test.
Many leaders will abort the vision halfway from here to there.
A lot of leaders will secretly destroy a vision that God has given them because they are not sure it will succeed.
Don’t go to your grave with great vision dying inside of you. Don’t die a coward.
Visions are commodities that come from God.
The Courage To Define Your Current Reality
All leaders are leading in either a; a) an area where things are going down, b) status quo environment, or c) an environment where there is an upturn.
You have to know which you are in to know how to lead.
The hardest thing is to have the courage to figure out which one you are.
The Courage To Create A Fantastic Culture
People join organizations. They leave managers.
Staff cultures will only be as healthy as the CEO/Senior Pastor will want this to be.
Enormous courage is going to be required to make significant gains in your culture
Don’t pay people to bruise and bust our culture.
You will not believe the performance difference in a healthy culture vs a toxic culture. It all comes back to a healthy flourishing culture
Establishment and Enforcement of Values
There’s a time of casting vision and there’s a time of creating an enviable value
There’s a time where a leader has to stop suggesting something and throw down the gauntlet and create a value
It’s no longer a vision. It’s a value.
Something typically has to flip over in the heart of a leader before this happens.
This is the difference between cowardice and courage in leadership
This is a difference between level 4 and level 5 leadership
The Courage Required By Leaders To Finish Strong
If you lead an organization long enough you will have to reinvent the organization and yourself more than once.
Leading over the long haul and finishing strong requires unending courage.
Some of a leaders most rewarding experiences are reserved for the end of the race.
Notes are all quotes from Bill Hybels or my quick summarizing during his talk.