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By Doug Franklin April 23, 2010

Courage is what enables one to face danger, fear, or trials with confidence, resolution, and bravery. It is not just the absence of fear in our lives; courage is having the strength, power, and might to be different. Courage is standing up for what you know is right, no matter what the consequences.

What does it take to have true courage? Many people think of courage as the ability to face danger regardless of the outcome. Others say that courage is the sort of bravery that allows a person to accomplish heroic tasks. Courage embodies these concepts but it can be so much more.

True courage is not only about standing up in the face of danger, but also standing firm on your convictions. Courageous leaders choose to stand for God’s truth despite unusual trials, unfair attacks, and unexpected persecution. Through it all, courageous leaders remain consistent in their determination to stand for what is right. They live life outside the bounds of what was “normal.” The fire of their personality kindles a spark in the souls of the lives they touch.

How do leaders develop greater courage? It begins with the quality of their personal relationships with God. Courageous leaders learn to live a consistent life of constant devotion to God in all circumstances. The more time they spend connected with Christ, the more transformation that occurs in their character and conduct. Over time they learn to submit their selfish will to the selfless will of their loving Father. When life is tough, courageous leaders faithfully persevere through the storm finding strength and shelter in the arms of God. Drawing on His resources, courageous leaders eventually prevail.

God is calling for courageous leaders to go out and change the world. Are you ready?

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More