As you hold to them in challenging situations, you can grow to act
with courage, character and confidence.
Leading with Spirit
A family that claims a principled vision for itself also says, “This is who we are and what we’re about. We live by values deeper than just being successful. We’re here to cultivate character in our members.” But families confront scores of terrible giants in the years they have together. What then?
When David went out to battle Goliath, he went out with more than just 5 rocks and his slingshot. He also stepped forward with a vision. He announced first that his vision was God-sized! – bigger than just his personal reputation or the army’s honor.
In the story of David and Goliath, one thing that tips the confrontation David’s way is David’s vision. David steps onto the battlefield with a clear vision of why he’s there. He’s not seeking personal glory or fame, and he’s aiming higher than improving the reputation of Israel’s army.
Patience isn’t given a lot of respect these days. Leadership books encourage Smarter Faster Better and The Speed of Trust and tell you How to Be a Kick-Ass Boss. But Leo Tolstoy was right when he said, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
The first leadership virtue David showed was patience. From the time he was anointed the future king of Israel until his appearance against Goliath, three years passed. David possibly could have tried after his anointing to hit the ground running.