Courageous Leadership

Courageous Leadership – Tips and Guidelines

Based on the research of Brene Brown, Ph.D in Dare to Lead

What’s the most important leadership role you’ve ever had? Was it something small, like being the captain of your high school football team? Or something big, like overseeing a business unit with dozens, maybe hundreds of employees? Whichever it may be, there’s a high chance you fell into one of the many leadership traps laid out in modern culture.

Maybe, you thought you had to look strong and didn’t admit a failure. Maybe, you failed to tell the truth because you didn’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. These things often happen, especially in the office, because that’s how leadership is portrayed in society. Often, however, we later find out it’s the exact opposite behaviour that would’ve yielded the best result.

“Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage. The world is desperate for braver leaders. It’s time for all of us to step up.” Brene Brown

Tips and Guidelines
  1. Courage and Courageous Leadership is a collection of four skill sets which are teachable, observable and measurable!

  2. Our ability to be daring leaders will never be greater than our capacity for vulnerability. The truth is whenever we choose courage, we also choose vulnerability. Because that’s precisely what courage is about: acting in spite of fear, uncertainty, and potential danger.

  3. If you can narrow your values down, you can navigate even the toughest of times.

  4. Clear is kind; unclear is unkind!

  5. Having integrity is choosing to be courageous in spite of being uncomfortable.

  6. “Trust is earned in the smallest of moments. It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening and gestures of genuine care and connection.” Brene Brown

  7. “To scale daring leadership and build courage in teams and organizations, we have to cultivate a culture in which brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts are the expectation, and armour is not necessary or rewarded. We have to be vigilant about creating a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected. The skill sets that make up courage are not new; they’ve been aspirational leadership skills for as long as there have been leaders. We just haven’t had the courage for real talk about courage. But it’s time….” Brene Brown