A Call to Courageous Leadership

Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9

Leaders need courage to make the tough decisions they’re faced with every day.  In the Bible, Joshua faced a crisis in leadership.  God recognized Joshua’s need for courage and did three things to strengthen his faith.  First, God reminded Joshua of his faithfulness to keep his promises.  Second, God commanded Joshua to meditate on the words Moses recorded, so he would have the wisdom and encouragement needed to lead the nation.  Third, God promised to be personally present with Joshua…always at his side.  The same sources of courage available to Joshua are available to us as leaders today.

This week’s reading from the NIV Leadership Bible on Courage parallels that of Dennis Rainey’s 2011 book, Stepping Up:  A Call to Courageous Manhood.

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10 Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Last year, I was able to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.  The memorial preserves the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968):  visionary, faith leader and public intellectual, unwavering advocate of social justice, and martyr to peace, equality, and justice.

While there, I purchased and read Donald T. Phillips book Martin Luther King, Jr. On Leadership:  Inspiration and Wisdom for Challenging Times (1998).  In his book, Phillips provides a variety of leadership stories and lessons for our reflection.

Today, as we honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, let’s take a look at 10 Leadership Lessons he provides us, as we shoot for the stars.