The Four Powers of Courageous Leaders
The courage of leadership is seldom seen and never understood by those who choose safety over adventure.
Real courage is a decision made without fanfare.
Courageous leadership is the power to:
#1. Live purpose-driven instead of fear-driven.
Successful leaders run-toward. Running-from is fear-driven leadership. Running-toward is purpose driven leadership.
You constantly choose between running-from and running-toward. Success is found the more you run-toward purpose and the less you run-from.
Fear is most useful when it shows you where to go.
I have found the fear of failure useful motivation. But fear leaves you exhausted eventually.
“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Hellen Keller
#2. Bring your best self again after falling short.
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” Brené Brown
Those who don’t fall short are reaching too low. But falling short often teaches people to play it safe next time.
Grit is the courage to put yourself out there after learning from failure.
Falling short is useful when:
- Relationships are strengthened.
- Purpose is clarified.
- Self-awareness is enriched.
#3. Serve others when others serve themselves.
It stings to develop people who leave because YOU helped equip them for new opportunities. But the alternative is retention of the unmotivated and ill equipped.
Disappointment is motivation to pull back. But self-protection usually shrinks potential and narrows opportunity.
#4. Build new relationships after established relationships weaken.
You will have a few relationships that endure. Many will not. Release disappointment or disappointment will shrink your leadership.
Successful leaders deliver results THROUGH relationships. Leaders who don’t connect need carrots and sticks to deliver results.
The courage of leadership is the resolve to protect yourself less.
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