Leaders lead by going first.

Politicians are known to modify their message and methods based on polling data. Seems to me, their concern is not “what’s right?” but “what’ll work?” This is what passes for leadership in a culture of cowardice. Friedman, as noted earlier, has observed that American society has become obsessed with safety. And, as it has, our culture has become chronically anxious. We have lost our appetite for adventure.

Courageous leadership, in a context like this, is rare.

Consider how Jesus made decisions. Remember that glorious moment, I call the “sermon in the synagogue” when, after challenging the crowd to “eat his flesh” and “drink his blood,” many of his disciples turned and no longer followed him? [John 6:66] Shaken, Jesus gathers his remaining disciples and negotiates new, more reasonable terms of followership.

Or does he?

When you read the text, you see that his concern is the mission: to prepare citizens for the Father’s Kingdom. He could not have cared less about being popular, drawing a crowd, or entertaining the masses.

No, that was not his focus. He lived for an “Audience of One,” in every way. And, it affected his priorities, his behavior, his motivations, and his ethics.


-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

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