We are back for another great week on the 21 indispensable qualities of leadership! This week we will be talk about a thread that stands out as indispensable: courage. From the annals of ancient scriptures, we draw upon the tales of Saul and Elijah to unravel the complexities and triumphs of courage in leadership.

Reminding that I'm taking inspiration from some of the commentaries by John Maxwell on his Leadership Bible, the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader. 

As I said we would do every week, let's quickly take a look atrecap of the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader.   

21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader:

Character
Charisma
Commitment
Communication
Competence
Courage
Discernment
Focus
Generosity
Initiative
Listening
Passion
Positive Attitude
Problem Solving
Relationships
Responsibility
Security
Self-Discipline
Servanthood
Teachability
Vision

Saul's Tale: A Lesson in the Absence of Courage

In the chronicles of 1 Samuel 10:17-13:14, Saul emerges as a figure endowed with outward grandeur but lacking inner fortitude. Despite his imposing stature, Saul wavered in moments demanding courage:

1. Hesitation in Leadership: Saul's reluctance to embrace his anointing as king reflected a deficiency in courage, manifested by his attempt to hide among the luggage. Leadership signaled, yet fear paralyzed him.
2. Insecurity Breeding Disobedience: Faced with daunting challenges, Saul succumbed to fear and disobeyed divine directives, illustrating how insecurity chokes courage and compromises integrity.
3. Fear-Driven Decisions: Saul's leadership was blemished by fear-induced actions, from sparing the Amalekites' best cattle to erecting a statue of himself. Fear, not faith, dictated his choices, loosening the structure of his leadership.
4. Consequences of Cowardice: The consequences of Saul's lack of courage resonated throughout his reign, ending in his tragic death and the loss of his empire. His legacy serves as a warning on the dangers of leadership lacking courage.

Saul's narrative emphasizes the essential role of courage in leadership, serving as a plain reminder that greatness is unattainable without the flame of courage to illuminate the path.

Elijah's Legend: Embodied Courage

In contrast, the story of Elijah, chronicled in 1 Kings 18, exemplifies the essence of courage:

1. Boldness in the Face of Adversity: Elijah's audacious confrontation with the prophets of Baal atop Mount Carmel exemplifies unwavering courage in the face of overwhelming odds. Despite outnumbering adversaries, Elijah's resolve remained unshakable.
2. Passion Propelling Purpose: Motivated by a fervent desire to honor God, Elijah surpassed despair and embraced his calling with unwavering zeal. His passion overcame fear, igniting the fire of courage within him.
3. Compassion Trumping Complaints: Despite disillusionment with his people's spiritual rebellion, Elijah's compassion outshined grievances, driving him to tirelessly advocate for their return to God. His courage emanated from a heart ablaze with kindness.

Elijah's narrative serves as an example of hope, illuminating the transformative power of courage in leadership:

1. Courageous Conviction: Elijah's unwavering commitment to God's cause transcended circumstances, inspiring others to rally behind a noble purpose.
2. Bold Action: Elijah's audacious deeds spurred decisive action, igniting a firestorm of transformation and catalyzing revival in the hearts of the people.
3. Divine Encounter: Through unwavering faith and courage, Elijah ushered in a divine encounter, culminating in the manifestation of God's glory and the restoration of His people.

In Closing...

In the crucible of leadership, courage emerges as the catalyst for transformation, propelling leaders from the shadows of doubt into the radiant light of purpose. As stewards of influence, let us heed the lessons of Saul's folly and Elijah's valor, cultivating the flame of courage to illuminate the path toward visionary leadership and enduring impact.

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Leadership Action Time...

This week, I would like to encourage you to reflect on how you are stewarding your courage and influence. 

Is there anything at all that has been bringing fear to you when it comes to your leadership and sphere of influence? If so, take a moment to ask: what act of courage can I do this week that would face this fear heads on? 

Now go do it!

Have fun!


Tassyane Assis
Tassyane Assis

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