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Past Issues:
 - Integrity
 - Vision
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Mission 
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Courage

   Courage

So, you have set your imagination free and captured a vision of that direction where your organizational endeavors will create the most fruitful future, a vision that has filled you with passion. Then you have articulated the way in which you would go in a carefully crafted mission statement. Now comes the first of many tests! Have you the courage to turn your vision into concrete action, to transform your passion into the specific means to accomplish your mission? Sure, there are other considerations. Does your team possess the skills to be successful? Can your organization develop the necessary financial resources? Will your stakeholders support your mission? These are all worthy questions and each one must be answered honestly. Still, unless you have the courage of your convictions, the raw fortitude to stand up for your own vision, these other important concerns will not matter. Inevitably, your vision, your sense of purpose, even your leadership will be challenged. Do you have the courage to lead?

Some wise person once advocated, “Either lead, follow, or get out of the way!” No organization can succeed without both leaders and followers. While one might argue that a leader is more important than a follower, simply because there are more good followers than good leaders, no endeavor will succeed without committed followers. Therefore, the argument is empty and the point null! Leaders and followers are equally vital to your organizational viability. Yet you are the leader.

Ultimately, you must assume responsibility for mission direction. You are the one to whom others will look for guidance and support. You will be the target of every stakeholder’s questions and every Board member’s doubts. You might be absolutely right in your professional assessments of where your organization should go. You might have properly evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of your team, your resources, and your chances of success. But have you the courage to meet every challenge, to respond to every honest critique in an edifying manner, to motivate every doubter, to continue when your own self-doubts began to take hold? Many a wonderful vision has become nothing but a distant memory in the seer’s mind, because courage was found lacking.

Remember that having courage doesn’t mean you will never experience fear and doubt. Mark Twain once wrote that courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. What might a leader do if one’s self-inventory uncovers a fundamental lack of courage? Is courage such an innate trait that it cannot be acquired if it is found deficient? I think not! If you lack sufficient courage, you must seek encouragement - something or someone that can inspire, hearten, fill you with hope. It may come eventually from your faith, a mentor, or another person who supports your vision. Seek it! For your vision to become a concrete reality demands that you have the courage to make it happen.
    

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