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Operation Courage

How to lead when the going gets tough.

A building program is running out of steam. Key leaders have defected and are recruiting others to join their "new" congregation. A major employer in the community has just announced more layoffs—news that portends critical consequences for your church. Sometimes, ministry can be formidable. How do you lead with confidence when you're scared stiff yourself?

Perhaps only a military leader experiences the same anxiety of leading people through the valley of the shadow of doubt and fear. Leadership's Ed Rowell spoke recently with General (Ret.) H. Norman Schwarzkopf about finding the courage to lead.

Schwarzkopf retired from the army in 1991 after serving as Commander in Chief, United States Central Command, and Commander of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

In a time of crisis, how much should a leader mask his or her fear?

Schwarzkopf: Fear is a natural defense mechanism that sharpens your senses and your wits. It's really an ally that makes you more effective ...

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