Courageous leadership is disruptive.

Courageous leaders routinely disrupt dysfunction. They regularly challenge their own preference for comfort—and that of those they lead. Mature leaders understand that their leadership is crisis-inducing.

Let me repeat that: healthy leadership is crisis-inducing.Edwin Friedman notes that crises are normative in leaders’ lives. These crises come from two sources: those that just arise, imposed on the leader from forces outside that leader’s control and crises that are initiated simply by the leader doing exactly what he or she should be doing.

As you study Jesus’ leadership, particularly with his disciples, you’ll be stunned how frequently he invokes adversity for those closest to him.

Yet, how reluctant is anyone in church leadership to lead in a way that invites a crisis for long-standing church members?

–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at


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