"Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them" - Joshua 1:6.
Since leaders take people to places and help them do things they could not go without them, those leaders must prepare themselves for the difficulties of the journey. According to today's verse, the first qualification or characteristic is strength, which includes mental, physical, and emotional. The strength must be for a purpose, which of course is to reach the destination or achieve the goal many thought impossible. The second is courage. Leaders cannot faint along the way, but must face the intimidating unknown with resolve and wisdom, for sometimes those leaders need the courage to change course or admit mistakes.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to consider strength and courage and how they factor into your leadership effectiveness. Start with strength. Do you have the strength to say no to distractions, and to persevere in the midst of difficulties? Where else do you need to have strength? Then go on to courage. Can you reflect on personal examples when you exhibited courage? Where might your courage be lacking now and what may it be costing your organization or your personal development? What can you do to bolster your courage to act—or not act when that is the need?