I was struck this morning during my routine readings by what I think is in direct correlation to leadership in today’s’ business and organizational discussion.
Leaders, particularly Entrepreneurial Thinkers must have conviction to persevere through their selected course of action; they must also have the courage to single out those opportunities and business endeavors that are not a good fit for them, and when doing so, they must break away from them expeditiously.
Here is the reading I was referring to above…. Jesus Sends Out the Twelve: When Jesus called the Twelve together… and sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money; no extra shirt. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere. Luke 9:1-6New International Version (NIV)
In this text, we clearly see Jesus as the Leader, competent, providing clear direction to those who followed him – The Led.
They followed him enthusiastically because they believed him to be an enhancer, someone with a message of value to any and all that came in contact with it. They believed in the message and had Faith on their leader to commit and persevere against all odds in the execution of their mission.
Leaders must have Conviction ~ their followers expect it and will display the following attributes every single day of their endeavors.