Andy Stanley in “The Next Generation Leader” correctly identifies courage as central to leadership. One of the ways leadership courage expresses itself, he says, is in recognizing and declaring current reality—regardless of how embarrassing or discouraging it is.

When a prominent pastor falls, the courageous around him or her will honestly and forthrightly communicate the truth of what has happened. Because being in the people-development business often times means we have to get out of the keep-the-people-comfortable business. Courageous leaders recognize this as a critical character-development opportunity.

A leadership failure is “ground zero” for anchoring the central values that Christ-followers are committed to live.

 -Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage