Courageous Leadership requires:

  1. A willingness to talk openly about values, beliefs, and emotions.
  2. A willingness to be curious about your employee’s unique skills
  3. A willingness to give up some control
  4. A willingness to continually develop your employees
  5. A willingness to be authentic and unbiased
  6. A willingness to be wrong and to allow others to be wrong
  7. A willingness to share your vision and inspire others and engage
  8. A willingness to listen without preconceived opinions or responses

Courageous Leaders use this exercise:

Write down the names of employees you lead and your honest opinions of them as people and employees.  Then look at the list and ask yourself these questions (paraphrasing Byron Katie’s “The Work”) – Are your opinions true? How do you know they are true?  How would you act without these thoughts?  People know when you have already formed an opinion about them and will disengage from any effort at sincere communication. 

A Courageous Leader will hold a meeting with their employees, asking these questions:

Do you feel comfortable to voice your opinions in or out of the group?  To some people and not others? (or get cards that display red orange yellow green for their comfort level and have them hold it up.  Follow up with why they chose that color.  Ask why they feel that way and what can be done to make them feel safe.

A Courageous Leader is be prepared to hear what their employees really think, and accept, and act on the feedback and sincerely appreciate and thank them for telling you.

A Courageous Leader recognizes when they feel nervous or fearful about using new ways of connecting and engaging their employees – understanding it’s their opportunity to grow and be more successful.

Courageous Leaders ARE statistically more successful, more inspired, have good safety culture and experience less unwanted surprises from their employees because the lines of communication are open.


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