These posts have been my attempt to examine courageous Christian leadership. Thus far, we’ve made eight observations about leadership in a culture of cowardice:

One: Courageous leadership is not about skill, technique, or knowledge. It is, most of all, about the presence of the leader as he or she moves through life.

Two: Take full responsibility for your own emotional being and destiny.

Three: Promote healthy differentiation within the church or system you lead.

Four: Stand, as an exemplar, in the sabotage and backlash that must come.

Five: Don’t “push on the rope:” the unmotivated are invulnerable to insight.

Six: Undermine the 80/20 Rule.

Seven: Reintroduce yourself to the adventurous life.

Eight: Disengage an unreasonable faith in reasonableness.

This brings us to the ninth, and final, principle: Leaders go first.

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

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