Fortitude (courage in great difficulty) is needed to shape a healthy, flourishing, God-honouring culture.
You’ll need to communicate consistently, and clearly. You’ll have to make difficult apologies. You’ll be involved in tough situations and tricky conversations.
This isn’t something to be delegated. Do you want to be defined by generosity? Live generously! Or, by Christ-like attitudes (humility and sacrifice, eg. Philippians 2:5-8)? Model those attitudes! Would you like an encouraging culture? Encourage! Deal swiftly with anything that works against the culture you’re creating.
Some people are culture-builders; some are culture-busters. You must help people take ownership of your culture, and not be afraid of making a tough call when needed…
How healthy is your team culture?
Adapted from “The Courage That Leadership Requires” by Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 4.
Your current reality is one of three possible situations. Either:
- Things are going downhill
- Things have flattened out (a status quo)
- Things are moving on up
Which one are you?
In a downturn, the leader must declare an emergency: ‘Code Red’. The organisation’s survival is at risk. Everyone must drop everything and pull together FAST.
When it’s sleepy, a status quo, the leader must play arsonist: set a fire! Stir the pot, feed the tension, and create some action. Status quo is very dangerous.
When things are rocking and setting records, the leader must pour fuel on the fire. Crank it up!
All leaders will experience these three realities. The hardest thing to do is to choose where you are. Define your position; act accordingly.
Adapted from “The Courage That Leadership Requires” by Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 3.
“Send it to some other idiot.”
What is a vision? It is picture of the future that creates passion in people. It helps people to own this truth: “We cannot stay HERE; we must go THERE.”
God sends visions to people, but all too often they get ignored. Why? Because the cost is too high. Because of great risk. Too many great visions suffer a fear-induced abortion.
A vision from God… is a holy commodity. It will test the mettle of a leader. It will require bravery and old-fashioned courage, choosing to step out in faith even as you’re vibrating with fear.
What would you drop everything for if you knew it would succeed?
Adapted from “The Courage That Leadership Requires” by Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 2.
“We must have a non-stop flow of fortitude.” (Bill Hybels)
Here is a mighty command issued from Moses to the succeeding Israelite leader, Joshua:
“Be strong and courageous… You will claim what has been promised… God is with you… Don’t fear or be dismayed.” (Full text in Deuteronomy 31:7-8)
A mighty command for a situation with no room for half-heartedness; given to a man who needed every reassurance he could get – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.” (Joshua 1:9)
Stirring words to hold onto!
Adapted from “The Courage That Leadership Requires” by Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 1.