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Traits – Willing to Take Risks and Lead Change

As I continue sharing traits of an effective leader, this week I focus on the attributes of risk taking and courage.  These are aspects of leadership that are easier to define and discuss than to practice, simply because it can be costly.  I have heard it said that courage is not the absence of fear but the determination to do the right thing in spite of the fear.  Leaders are often in situations where what they believe to be the right thing to do is not agreed upon by all they lead.  Thus, there is an element of risk to move ahead and do the right things, the right way, in order to bring about the best results for all involved.  Sometimes the risk is in stretching people to a place where faith is required; attempting things that necessitates a complete trust in the Lord. I believe we lead best when there is a spirit of collaboration, good communication, and time to prayerfully consider the Lord’s will and the best course of action.  I am not suggesting being a take charge and plow over others kind of leader.  That may show courage but also a lack wisdom or humility.  What I am suggesting is being a leader who does their due diligence to fully research a challenging situation, pray persistently for wisdom, reasonably and collaboratively think through best solutions, and carefully and amply communicate what you believe is the best course of action, and implement it.  Simply doing these things can be seen as a risk, but one worth taking if it means that the Lord is honored, and His mission is faithfully accomplished. Like Joshua, the Lord encourages us to “be strong and courageous” as we keep our eyes on Him and lead His people with both humility and boldness to accomplish His will.  – Dr. Gary Mathes