One of the hallmarks of a true leader is the capacity to withstand pressure, especially of the sudden and unexpected kind. It is at that very moment or period of time that a leader is expected to act in a way that is consistent with standards of justice and righteousness, regardless of the personal costs or consequences.
Courage is the ability to stand for truth and not be swayed by any kind of sentiment, inducement, or threat to one’s well-being.
In the narrative that forms the basis of this article, we see an example of a leader who failed to exercise courage.
As he moved from one location to another, Abraham spoke to his wife and convinced her to say to anyone who asked about her relationship with him, that she was his sister. He knew that the statement was not entirely true; it was half true, and so in effect a lie.
As they went on their travels, the king of the land, a man named Abimelech, took Sarah into his harem because Abraham had said she was not married to him. God struck all that belonged to the king with barrenness, and told him in a dream to return Sarah to her rightful husband, Abraham; otherwise great evil would befall him and his people.
Early in the morning, Abimelech arose and returned Sarah to her Abraham, who received his wife back, prayed for the king, and everything he owned was healed of barrenness.
What this incident shows us is that at a key moment in time, Abraham had failed the courage test.
As such, one of the key qualities that every leader should constantly desire is the capacity to stand in those decisive moments when courage is called for.
The moment of pressure is when the true leader should emerge from within, regardless of the threat to personal well-being, the choice that is made should be driven by the strength of conviction and not fear.
Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2017©
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About the Author:
Emmanuel Mbakwe is a Pastor, an apostolic leader, business advisor, leadership coach, mentor, and published author. He is the immediate past General Overseer of the Apostolic Church UK. His vision and heart’s desire is to help people realise their God-given potential and fulfil the purpose of God for the life.