Armed with clarity about her calling, a mature, self-defined leader has little difficulty saying “no.” The clearer she becomes, the more willing she is to say “no” to the many good, honorable, helpful opportunities that would take her away from living her central calling from God.

She is not upset or threatened when people don’t see things the way she does. She does not need the agreement of others to bolster her confidence. She is clear. Decisive. She understands her calling. She is proactive about setting her life up to fulfill that calling from God.


Like Jesus did.

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at


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