Courage in Leadership

Let's take another look at Joshua 1:6-7

"Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go."

If you lack courage, the people who are looking to you will pay the price. People who know you are a Christian have their eyes on you. And when you stand firm and act with courage, they will follow you. Author John Maxwell says, "everything rises and falls on leadership."  Show me an organization that is doing well and fulfilling what it was meant to do, and at the head of that organization will be not just one, but a group of leaders with courage and dedication.  Conversely, show me an organization stumbling and faltering at its purposes and I will show you at its head leaders who lack courage and wisdom to do the job.

It takes courage to lead like we should.

The truth is we are all leading in some way. Did you know other people are depending on you?  If you are a Christian, you are a leader to your family and community. You are a leader because you have the ability to influence.  God has given us all a sphere of influence that we are responsible for. Your friends, enemies, children, spouse, and acquaintances will be influenced by your actions and attitudes-whether good or bad. We are all influencing others. Many people think they can escape the claims of leadership by not accepting a "title" of leadership: little league coach, teacher or helper at church, or a role in a community organization. But a title or position does not make you a leader.  You are what you are and are influencing people with or without the title. Joshua recognized his life was meant for something – to help God’s people get where they were suppose to go.