“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
Obviously, leaders make things happen; they bring about change. Leaders also:
- Clearly communicate what they stand for – what their goals are. They have clear direction.
- Have an ability to motivate others to do what they want them to do. People want to follow leaders. Sometimes this is for good, sometimes it is for evil.
- Delegate. They trust in others to get the job done. They know that consistently micromanaging destroys the morale of those they are called to lead.
All these are key traits of leadership, but what separates leaders from great leaders? I believe that it’s courage – the courage to do what’s right and to do what needs to be done – especially when the heat is on, people are grumbling, and times are hard. Great leaders have the courage to lead others to carry out their vision no matter how hard the course. This courage can be found in the Lord.
Leaders: God’s Word says, “Be strong and courageous.” Courage is the key in all great leaders.