Finding Courage

The past is the future, apart from courageous leadership.

Doing hard things takes courage; letting go takes most of all.

Someone moves first, that’s you. Leaders move toward “not yet” while letting go of what is. The challenge of leadership is we never move up till we let go of what’s below.

Testing points:  

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point,” C. S. Lewis.

The testing point of leadership is courageous letting go.

What you let go, determines your potential. Stop pouring yourself out for things that don’t matter. Letting go begins by challenging the status quo.

Courageous letting go:

Identify what to let go by asking, “What would happen if this were not done at all?” Peter Drucker.

Reaching forward:

It’s foolish to let go without vision. What you’re willing to let go determines your potential; what you reach toward defines your success. Once again, Drucker helps.

  1. Can we take action on this idea? Or can we only talk about it?
  2. Can we really do something right away to bring about the kind of future we desire?
  3. Will it produce economic results?

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others,” Winston Churchill.

Testing points:

  1. Honesty. Listen to and welcome uncomfortable truths and ideas about yourself. Self-honesty is the beginning of all honesty.
  2. Candor. Speak challenging truths and share uncomfortable observations.
  3. Respect. Let go of reputation building.
  4. Contradictions. Humbly listen to and explore challenges.
  5. Feeling appreciated. Give gratitude when you don’t get enough.

How do you find your courage?

What are some testing points of courage?


More on courage:

8 Ways to Overcome Fear and Find Courage” – #1 Share your fears with trusted friends.

“Finding Your Courage”Gutless leaders create complexity.

A Different Kind of Courage” – Those who fail well are humbled and enlightened. Read the courageous story of G.J. Hart, CEO of Texas Roadhouse.


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