The Courageous Leader
October 19, 2009 by Kevin Sterner

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So this is the first time I am blogging and am wanting to try to post some random copy that will illustrated how this process works.

A couple of days ago, discount cialis recipe
in an interview, viagra generic ask someone asked me what quality was most necessary for a leader who is navigating through a rebranding campaign or leading broad organizational change? Is it Creativity? Charisma? Salesmanship? Emotional intelligence?

My answer was immediate and matter-of-fact. It’s Courage.

I’ve worked with several organizations in the past few years whose leaders I deeply respect for diving head first into the unconventional. For humbly aligning themselves with skilled people and teams, generic and then getting out of the way.

I admire them for questioning “why we’re still doing it this way” and for modeling and defending organizational ideals. Their leadership is leaving a wake of inspiring stories along the way.
Stories that feed the belief that “future dragons can be beaten”

Stan White at Forest Home (Forest Falls, CA). Kevin Myers and Norwood Davis at 12Stone Church (Atlanta, GA), and Chris Duncan at Convene (Placentia, CA) to name a few.

I’ve enjoyed being “one of the great cloud of witnesses”
cheering them on as they enter the arena and cross the finish line to extraordinary results.

These men had the courage to embrace vision and invest not just the bare minimum, but the resources required to create momentum with excellence. They committed themselves to the
cause even under great scrutiny.

Every leader will face barriers when leading change. The courage I’m speaking of is the moxy to stand up to the unexpected threats. The naysayers willing to settle for status quo and sandbagging versus innovation. The jacobytes in every organization willing to applaud ideas for change in the boardroom but who go looking for their own spine when it comes time to actually doing something or committing resources.

A favorite quote of mine is by G.K. Chesterton

“Fairy tales don’t teach children that dragons exist, they already know dragons exist, fairy tales remind children that dragons can be beaten…”

Courage is contagious, and one of the most redeeming things that a courageous leader experiences is how that courage inspires others to beat their own dragons.

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