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Leaders - Keep a Balanced Lifestyle. #5

Updated: Aug 6


Beechley Barracks at Chepstow hosted the inter-school Assault Course Competition for under 16’s. I took a motley-crew that was not expected by my colleagues to do well. In their opinion they were lazy, unresponsive, disengaged and frankly the assault course would kill ‘em. A staff member from each of the sixteen schools was expected to take part. There were three courses, each tougher than the last. The final one was terrifying. Twenty-foot high Camo-nets, high ropes and planks! As their leader, I cheered, cajoled and pushed them on. The final ropes course had a high camo-net which I could see other schools struggling with. I told my lot the only way to win now was to walk and run over the top, not clamber on it or hang under it like apes as all other schools did. We shouted at each other and pushed each other. It was high and unstable. I wanted these lads to win. High up, I walked fast over the net. (I hate heights). The others took inspiration from that and did the same, some even running. Doing this got all of us to the finish line first. We took the inter-school challenge-cup home with us! Perseverance and a plan got us there!

Business leader Jim Mallado explains this, “Leadership is the expression of courage that compels people to do the right thing.” I was terrified on that assault course but had to demonstrate leadership. Doing so, we won!

Paul exhorted Timothy, “Watch your life and your doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4.16 NIV) Leaders, we need to do what it takes to help our people. We must demonstrate, model and explain how to reach the goal. Teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Look to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.

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Nige Burr & Kelvin Starr. Bristol BS10. UK.

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