Second, I have been following the ebb and flow of the WorldVision decsions this week. First they reveal their decision to make a change in their policy regarding the employment of gay married couples. That was courageous! But then, when the firestorm started as a result of their decision (which makes me wonder if they didn't anticpate that?), they backed up and reversed their decision. That seems uncourageous to me, but some might say it was actually courageous to own up to their mistake and make the right decsion.
Regardless of how someone may feel about the issue, I am most interested in the leadership principle of courage here. How do we arrive at decsions as leaders? What forms of exploration and deep thinking are we engaging in that leads to making significant decisions?
When we ask these kinds of questions, it seems to me that it comes back around to what must be our first priority as leaders - namely, what is the true source on which our decisions are based? For those of us who are invested in being leaders in the Kingdom, that source is the Godhead, so we must be constantly seeking and listening in order to be the absolute best followers of God possible. Then when we make decisions, we act with courage from that place of deep conviction born out of our followership.
It seems to me that WorldVision made one of two mistakes, either they made their original decision without a deep sense of conviction, knowing that the consequences would be profound (again, they couldn't see that coming?!), or they allowed fear of the lack of approval from humanity to outweigh the depth of their original conviction - they lost their courage. To say it another way, either WolrdVision's leaders didn't spend enough time "vetting" their decsion with the Father in order to cement their conviction, or they did, but just lost their courage in the follow-through.
What do you think?