Consider Jesus.

In John 6:66 we read that many of Jesus’ disciples turned back and no longer followed him. Immediately, Jesus turns to the twelve and asks: Don’t you want to go away too? He saw the departure of the many as an opportunity to test the resolveof the leaders closest to him.

Embracing the reality of God’s sovereignty and apprehending the security of God’s unconditional love, a leader leans into the resistance with a posture of confident curiosity. “God has this!” she might remind herself while stepping toward those who, unnerved by fear, have just betrayed her.

This may shock you: it is the leader’s humility that creates the opening to presence herself so resourcefully.

-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage