Everyday Leaders – Courage

Success in not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

– Winston Churchill

This year I want to focus on everyday leaders. Not those who hold a formal position of authority, but those of us who, through our behaviors, have the ability to influence and inspire those around us just by being us. Each month I will post an article focused on one specific behavior that can make a huge difference in our ability to impact the lives of others.

This month I want to talk about courage. What does courage have to do with being an everyday leader? Well, the courage of everyday leaders can help those around them get through the tough times and sets an example of strength and character for others to follow. What does courage look like in everyday leadership?

Standing up for what is right:

Not everyone has the courage to stand up for what is right. This is especially true when it means speaking out when someone in a position of authority is mistaken, wrong, or just being hard-headed. Everyday leaders are willing to put their neck on the line to stand up for what is right even when other team members turn a blind eye.

Persevering under pressure:

We get tired; the pressure starts to wear us down. Persevering under pressure takes courage. When others see us hanging-in-there, they know that they too can do it. Everyday leaders have a positive attitude and know that the stress and pressure will pass in good time. Their outlook helps others to keep their head to the grindstone and push through to the other side.

Picking yourself and others up after failure:

We all hate to fail; it is a blow to our ego. Admitting our mistakes, picking ourselves up, and moving forward takes courage. It takes even more courage to pick someone else up and support them when it is not us who has failed. Everyday leaders find the upside to failure. They admit to mistakes and quickly move on having learned a valuable lesson. They help take the fear of failure out of others so that, while everyone stumbles, no one ends up down for the count.

When even one team member exhibits courage in the face of obstacles, everyone benefits. Everyday leaders stand up for themselves and others when under pressure they persevere and set an example for others to follow, and they demonstrate that failure is not fatal but an opportunity to grow. Through their courage, everyday leaders make an impact on the lives of those around them.

How can you start being courageous today?

Dr. Liz Stincellihttp://www.stincelliadvisors.com/
LIZ is passionate about recognizing, inspiring, and igniting the leader in each of us. She focuses on helping organizations change attitudes, change communication dynamics, improve collaboration and problem-solving, engage employees, and strengthen organizational culture. Liz holds a Doctor of Management degree with an emphasis on organizational leadership. Liz offers 20+ years of pro-active operations management, problem-solving, team-building, human resources, accounting, and business administration experience in a variety of industries. She serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Independent Journal of Management and Production and the Journal of Managerial Psychology. She has also been a guest lecturer at the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, Westminster College.


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Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler

I agree we need courage or rather be courageous as we engage life. I enjoyed your article and encourage all to read your article. That being said I would hope this for all of us. I don’t think you have to be a leader to influence or impact someone’s life. I look forward to reading more from you. Thank you Liz for sharing with us

Jane Anderson
Jane Anderson

Courage covers so many situations, areas, conditions, and events of life. We usually think of courage as behavior we use to overcome fear, but as you pointed out, sometimes fear doesn’t even enter into the equation. Courage means doing the right thing. Courage is telling the truth. Courage is believing the truth.

I once told the truth about the status of a project, not because I was being courageous, but because it was the right thing to do. Later a co-worker complimented me for being brave. I wondered why. Little did I know the project manager was angry with me for not fudging the status like he would have told me to do.

In retrospect, I still would have told the truth about the status, but I guess I would have had to gather my courage knowing what was coming. ?



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