Today I've been pondering over something... what does God require of His leading men? Well His word gives heaps of straight up direct requirements - godliness, humility, patience, eyes only for your one wife, endurance, self controled and the list goes on (see 1 Timothy 3 & Titus 1 for specific qualifications).
But over and over again God demands that His leading men be RISK TAKERS.
Abraham - risked walking leaving his homeland into the unknown with God.
Moses - risked death at the hand of Pharaoh, and humiliation in the eyes of his people.
Esther - risked her life for God's will.
The Prophets - all risked their lives and bunch of them paid the price of standing up for the Word of God.
Peter and all the other disciples appart from John died as martyrs.
God demands we be risk takers, even willing to sacrifice everything for His name.