A leader is not simply someone who gets things done or who gets other people to behave in desirable ways. A leader is different. She presences herself in life and relationships in a uniquely beneficial way. This uniqueness transcends behavior, skill, and knowledge. It can best be described in terms of being.

A courageous leader’s way-of-being is distinctive. It provokes maturity in those she influences. The differences are palpable.

One difference is the way a leader isin the midst of sabotage and backlash. My mentor Dr. J. Robert Clinton has identified Leadership Backlash to be one of the most common methods God uses to develop leadership character. Backlash occurs when once-enthusiastic followers turn against their leader in the face of unexpected difficulties. Driving that leader to the foot of the cross, in prayer.

-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage