How To Take A Stand

How To Take A Stand

Inevitably, leaders will encounter times when they will need to take a stand in the midst of crisis and polarization. At those times, common temptations are: (1) make people feel better, (2) try to reason with unreasonable people, (3) win an argument, (4) reach consensus, (5) ignore that there’s a problem, (6) hide, and (7) find a solution that will either make everyone happy, or, find a solution to make the critics happy. None of those will work.


Sometimes, leaders have to take a stand, and that requires courage. Like many leadership competencies, however, taking a stand is as much a skill as an attitude. It requires clarity of conviction, self-control, self-definition, and staying in touch with all parties involved. Here are things to consider when taking a stand:








Israel Galindo is Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at the Columbia Theological Seminary. He directs the Pastoral Excellence Program at Columbia seminary. He is the author of the bestseller, The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Alban), Perspectives on Congregational Leadership (Educational Consultants), and A Family Genogram Workbook (Educational Consultants), with Elaine Boomer & Don Reagan, and Leadership in Ministry: Bowen Theory in the Congregational Context.

His books on education include Mastering the Art of Instruction,The Craft of Christian Teaching (Judson), How to be the Best Christian Study Group Leader (Judson), and Planning for Christian Education Formation (Chalice Press).


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