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Rachel’s Lens // Part Two // Be Courageous

Written by, Rachel Greiman, Writer/Photographer

As you read in Aneta’s post, a bunch of us from Denver Rescue Mission were at the 2013 Global Leadership Summit last week.

I know I’ve had a good week when I’m ready for bed at 6:00 p.m. on a Friday night, :). The Summit was two days packed with information…gooood information. To keep myself engaged with the 75,000 other people around the world listening to these speakers, I live-tweeted throughout both days.

To keep from inundating you with quotes, I’ll pick out a few and describe why they were meaningful to me.Dr. Brené Brown was probably the speaker I was most excited to hear. I’ve watched her TEDTalk about 1,000 times and I currently have two of her books on hold at the library. (Don’t worry, there are only about 117 people ahead of me in that queue.) She did not disappoint. She spoke about shame, love, humility, and aspirations. This particular quote resonated with me because so often we seek out ways to be more comfortable in life. But we all know that true fulfillment and satisfaction comes from accomplishment, which cannot come without difficulty. I hope and pray that I disregard comfort and embrace challenge throughout my life.First, I read someone else’s tweet that said, “When espresso needs to wake up it drinks a Bob Goff.” And it’s true! This was the most energetic speaker I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. He was full of life. And grace. I feel like the last couple years of my life have been full of lessons in grace. Maybe that’s because I got married? Kidding…love you Trav. But seriously. I’ve been learning that I’m far less gracious with others when I give myself no room to fail. And that’s why I love this comment of his. We’re all still learning, growing and developing. This isn’t just for leaders. As a friend, daughter, wife, coworker, and believer…I needed to hear this. I need to tattoo this somewhere on my brain. None of us have all the answers. None of us are the people we want to be all the time. NONE OF US ARE PERFECT. I just thought this thought was so perfect…we’re all in this together!This one nailed me, right between the eyes. As a 26-year-old woman, what does our culture tell me to care about? My hair. My clothes. My job. My success. Me, me, me. What does God call me to care about? His Kingdom. His glory. His people. Him, Him, Him. If I’ll be honest (if YOU’LL be honest), my attention is more on that first list than the second one. My vocation needs to be bigger than my desires to impress those around me. If the culture of the world—or my community, or my office, or my family, or my church—has more influence on my decisions than my faith, then it’s time to reevaluate my path.

Does your calling trump the culture around you? Do you have grace for those you serve with or work for? Have you made a courageous decision lately that wasn’t comfortable?

I want to hear from you!

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!