7 Ways to Embolden the Timid
The timid are an untapped reservoir of potential in a world dominated by risk-takers.
Everyone falls below their potential for lack of courage.
- Presses into uncertainty.
- Attempts the unattempted.
- Fails and tries again.
- Says, “We can reach higher.”
- Sees opportunity where others see obstacles.
The timid feel great when they avoid risk.
Apart from Courage:
- Bullies win.
- Gossip spreads.
- Organizations drift.
- Frustration continues.
- Ineffective systems and process roll on.
- People who don’t make waves get promoted.
- Excuses sound reasonable. An excuse is the reason an unsatisfactory present is acceptable.
Tap the potential of the timid by providing clarity, safety, and direction.
7 ways to embolden the timid:
- Agree on noble goals. Be sure the timid care about reaching the goals that matter to you. Don’t impose your aspirations on others.
- Describe the path forward in language that matches their temperament. Detail matters to the timid.
- Create incremental steps. The bold leap. The timid feel their way forward like a person in the dark.
- Discuss what could go wrong. Bravado doesn’t impress the timid. Get real!
- Make plans for dealing with surprises. What will we do if …? Plans enhance security. Systems strengthen the timid.
- Build safety nets. The greatest enhancer of boldness is the people around you. Identify a person to be a safety net. Be sure the safety net knows they’re a go to person.
- Don’t keep talking about far off goals. It drives the cautious crazy. Stay focused on the present.
Bonus: Don’t pressure the timid to become bold. Even when a small step works, the next still feels uncertain to the timid.
The greatest factor in boldness is the person by your side.
How might leaders embolden the timid?