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Leadership//Part One//Be Brave

The last two days, I was at Cherry Hills Community Church for the Global Leadership Summit. It was amazing. Leaders and speakers from all walks of life and all experiences came together to share their wisdom on leadership. Let’s just say I have a lot to process. And for me, there’s no better way to do that than to share with you.

I took 20 pages of notes ((yes, I’m a note taker)). As I was flipping through them trying to pick out something to highlight, I looked above my couch and saw my sign that I have hung on the wall. It reads: Be Brave.

Bravery and courage in leadership is what Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, opened with, and that’s what I found to be the common theme throughout all the speakers.

Leadership requires courage. It takes courage to love others as you love yourself. It takes courage to tell the truth. It takes courage to lead a cause, even if you die for it ((Jesus)).  It takes courage to lead.

In my own life, I know that being brave is something I am working on. I grow faint and weary when others don’t catch my vision, when it’s time to speak truth and when I need to be bold.

I hung up Be Brave on my wall because I need to be reminded of it – 24/7. I also need to remind myself that I have influence and leadership. I used to think it was bragging to understand my strengths, but it’s not. In fact, I think it’s a shame that I didn’t call out my strengths, skills and talents sooner. To say the least, I wasn’t being brave in my visions and dreams because it may mean I fail.

Pastor Bill Hybels read this from 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.”

Fear grips leaders. The leader aborts their vision. ((hand up if you did or do this))

If you knew your vision would succeed would you pursue it? Is the fear of failing stopping you? Because if we could all be a little braver, I think we would make a world of a difference.

After reviewing all my notes, I came up with a list of 8 qualities of a courageous leader.

8 Qualities of a Courageous in Leader:

  1. Fear of failing doesn’t grip you. Pursue your passions as if they will succeed, but don’t be alarmed if they fail. Learn from the mistakes.
  2. Invest and mentor others. Take time to learn about the people around. Intentionally invest in the next generation so that your vision doesn’t die when you do.
  3. Vulnerability. Cultivating love means we have to be vulnerable to who we really are.
  4. Be honest.
  5. Practice love and leadership. Professing it alone doesn’t mean anything!
  6. Have absolute clarity of your values.
  7. Contribute more than you criticize.
  8. Adapt to others. Play off someone’s strengths and compensate for his or her weaknesses.

So, lead where you are today. You don’t have to be right all the time, but cultivate the qualities of a brave and courageous leader.

I would love to hear from you. I want to know what you are passionate about and what your vision is. Leave me a note. I’d love to chat!