Nooooo! I don't mean all good leaders are men! What I mean is: a good leader needs to have Courage. ☺
I think everyone is familiar with the Egypt story. The Jews were slaves and God sent Moses in to free His People and lead them out of captivity. Moses fought hard for the People and eventually won. The first thing they did was sing a song of celebration. But, it wasn't long before they encountered the burden of their victory. Things had to be done differently than they were in the past; they grumbled and desired to go back to what they were familiar with.
It's easy to go back to what we know because we already know what to expect, and we already know how to do "it". Moving forward into something new is not so secure; we don't know what the future holds and we don't know if we will be able to cope with the new ways of doing things. In the above story, Moses kept the people moving forward even when they were scared. He kept them encouraged by trying to keep them focused on where they were going. Even though they believed going back was the easier option, Moses knew it was not a healthy option for them. Imagine if Moses would have agreed with them? Imagine if he was unable to keep his own focus on the goal ahead? A Good leader needs to be able to keep her (or his ☺) eye on the prize, even when everyone else can't.
It seems Hornepayne has gone backwards instead of forwards. We have been lead back to what was known, instead of moving into something new. How many of you feel like singing a song of celebration? This is something we need to change.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: we need vision. We also need leaders who will lead our Community into achieving that vision. Change is not easy; tough seasons are to be expected. We need leaders who can encourage themselves and keep the Community encouraged when we encounter the rough spots.
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
-- Ambrose Redmoon
I would appreciate your consideration at the polls on October 25th. I'd love the chance to lead you into a song of Celebration.