“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
If you could define one common denominator for leaders, what would it be? Obviously, leaders make things happen. They bring about change. And real leaders communicate clearly what they stand for, what their goals are. They have clear direction. Leaders have an ability to motivate others to do what they want them to do. Sometimes this is for good, sometimes it is for evil. Real leaders delegate. They trust in others to get the job done. Micro-managers constantly destroy 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 itâ€™s one thing â€“ courage. The courage to do what is right, to do what needs to be done, especially when the heat is on and people are grumbling and the times are hard. Great leaders have the courage to lead others to carry out their vision no matter what the cost. This courage can be found in the Lord. Leaders, Godâ€™s Word says, â€œBe strong and courageous.â€ Courage is a key to all great leadership.