Courage is something that we all hear a lot of nowadays. The courage to speak up, or sometimes for me, the courage not to say something. I have recently thought that courage, like faith or confidence… is courage a thing? Can you have more or less of it? I’m sure you have heard the statement, “You have to have more courage.” Well, I figure you either had it or didn’t; more or less is a non-factor. I will say this, in our society, the courage to do and stand up for the right ideals is needed more than ever.
Every month, I receive the magazine Acts & Facts from the Institute of Creation Research in Dallas, Texas. For March/April, one of the articles was titled Christian Courage Is Imperative.¹ As I read the article, I thought that there are many leaders who need to have courage. In what ways, you ask? That becomes subjective, but in the article there is a section, Biblical Courage: Five Practical Truths (I’ll keep the actual points but will add my thoughts as to how they could pertain to leadership…)
Courage is proportional to preserving what we deeply love.
Love of self destroys leadership. If we are not willing to love others, how can we ever ask them to believe in the path we want to lead them?
Courage is proportional to commitment.
Today, our commitment only lasts long enough as long as everything is going well. We see it every day, the waffling of leaders.
Courage is proportional to hope.
A great quote by Napoleon is, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” One ideal that I’m passionate about is that you have to give hope to the people you lead. Small victories here and there, finding ways to foster success.
Courage is inspired by other courageous people.
For me, courage is contagious. This is why it is so important to be around like-minded, kindred-spirit people.
Courage is given as divine enablement.
There are many examples in the Bible where God equips people to be courageous. But… those same people must trust that God will keep his word. I think the same can be said for us as leaders. Are we enabling others to have courage and, at the same time, know that they can trust us to help them?
I really believe you could take these same truths and apply them to any leadership level and use them as a template for the thought of “Leadership Courage Is Imperative.” I see the courage to lead becoming less and less. Those afraid to lead need to see great leaders who model courage. Let that be us…
¹ Guliuzza, R. J. (2022, March/April). Christian courage is imperative. Acts & Facts, 51(2), 4-6. https://www.icr.org/article/christian-courage- is-imperative/
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I agree with you. I do see courage as one having faith and confidence that the choices made are right and that one has the fortitude to carry the decisions out that are made. I think of J. Ruth Gendler’s quote when I hear the word courage. She wrote, “Courage looks you straight in the eye…The people who told me it was stern were not lying; they just forgot to mention it was kind.” With that being said, I don’t think we give courage enough credit. Acts seen as aggressive or bold get attention, but doing what is right and best in a meek manner are often seen as a weakness. Courage therefore is an act like faith.
The Book Chamber said:
Fortitude to carry out… there lies a major problem in leadership. Thanks for the insight. It seems right and best are against the norm.