Category Archive: Courage

How to Find the Courage to Fulfill the First Responsibility of Leadership

There are always good reasons to play it safe. Repeating the past may be painful, but at least it’s predictable. Fear is the reason today is like yesterday. Every meaningful act requires courage. Aristotle… Continue reading

You Aren’t Fit to Lead if Your Greatest Strength is Seeing Weakness

You aren’t fit to lead if your greatest strength is seeing weakness. Smart talented leaders find it easy to point out inadequacies, describe what’s wrong, and explain disagreements. There’s no creativity in pointing… Continue reading

How to use Caution Like a Leader and Act with Discreet Boldness

Do something where failure matters. Too much caution results in inactive leadership. All leadership requires action. When I ask experienced leaders what they would do differently, they often say they would take more… Continue reading

5 Reasons to Ignore Cold Feet and Press Forward

Playing safe feels wiser than stepping out, unless the house is on fire. You get cold feet when the path ahead matters. Delay feels good when it’s time to put skin in the game.… Continue reading

How to Build the Future by Asking Four Forward-Facing Questions

Frustration with teams and organizations is the result of avoiding questions that many leaders don’t dare to ask. Successful leaders ask forward-facing questions that define a future distinct from the past. 4 backward-facing questions: What’s… Continue reading

The 10-C Approach to Pushback when the Boss is Involved and Stakes are High

Pushback makes you relevant and useful in high-stakes situations. Poor pushback: Emotional heat. Drama is distraction, even offense, to top leaders. Grudges. You look narrow and small when you can’t let go when… Continue reading