Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:
•Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. If you are interested in getting to know Mandela while gleaning fine leadership lessons from him at the same time, allow me to heartily recommend Richard Stengel’s, Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life, Love and Courage. Mandela himself wrote the preface, and Stengel had uncommon access to Mandela. It’s an outstanding read.
•Here are some pearls I liked…among many…
•In the face of intimidation by prison guards, Mandela was known to stand his ground or even fight back verbally. He admitted to being terrified even as he did so, saying, “I can pretend to be brave.” Stengel writes of Mandela’s view of courage, “Pretend to be brave and you not only become brave, you are brave.”
•Stengel writes, “Yes, as a young man he often tried to create a stir, but the idea for him now is that it is better to be a little dull and trustworthy than fiery and unclear.”
Risk is usually called, “stepping out on faith,” in church. That’s a shame, because they aren’t the same thing. There is such a thing as stepping out on faith. It’s just not the same as taking faith-based risks that make common sense. For instance, “stepping out on faith” might mean a church aspires to a particular goal or vision God has for them that will require stretching and perhaps some risk. There has been a season of spiritual discernment, and such decisions usually take time to make.