By Lisa Petrilli
I continue to be moved my the number of inspiring and genuinely insightful thoughts being shared at #LeadershipChat each week, even though the chat is still in its infancy. Even more striking is the fact that one of the wishes that Steve Woodruff and I went into this with – for a real community to form – is coming true in dramatic fashion.
Last night’s conversation focused on courage in leadership. There was such a rich discussion that I thought I would share just a few of the brilliant insights (and some disagreements) that resonated with me and challenged me to think bigger – and differently. There are even a few quotes from Star Wars thrown in!
I hope you’ll find these insights from just 20 of the more than 120 smart leaders who joined the discussion as thought provoking as I did…
MargieClayman: Sometimes the greatest show of courage is letting someone else run with the ball
abalog: The hardest decision is to take the business where it hasn’t gone b4 and there r limited believers standing w u
livepath: Sometimes takes courage to let people fail, too. Even people you love.
fredmcclimans: My first “real” start-up: passed up quick sale to grow the staff and preserve their jobs.
CASUDI: Courage is attribute given a leader by those watching ~ a leader never thinks courage IMO ~just does it/leads
iannarino: It takes courage to know that leadership is an act of love–despite the pressures to perform and to act otherwise.
danielespejo: I think strong leaders fosters courage amongst their followers
mckra1g: A lost deal is worth the retention of integrity. “Cost” is a relative term
fredmcclimans: Love = Respect = Honor. If you respect those who follow you, you will make the right choice.
COSCFO: Courage is best exemplified by open, honest and direct communication. People respect it and become loyal.
danperezfilms: Courage doesn’t have to have anything to do with communication. The courageous often stand alone…
swoodruff: When leaders cannot admit their own failures (which takes courage), it makes everyone else timid about risk.
ldiomede: The more u love, the greater the passion and ability to risk all for what is right = Courage.
bobbyrettew: One of the most courageous ways to lead is to teach…find ways to empower our tomorrow. IMHO
KnowledgeBishop: The courageous leader is willing to kindly speak hard truths, even if they result in short-term disapproval.
MackCollier: GREAT point about admitting mistakes, plus I think if YOU do, others will be more forgiving.
livepath: Courage is: clear, focused, decisive, direct, action-driven, gut busting
onepinktee: admitting uncertainty, saying “I don’t know”, being self-revealing, owning mistakes (feels…liberating)
And to round out the list with some brilliantly relevant Star Wars insights…
judymartin8: Do or do not… there is no try.? Yoda
JoeCascio: I love that line. Followed by, Luke: “I don’t believe it.” Yoda: “That is why you fail.”
Please join Steve and I next Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm Eastern Time for our next edition of #LeadershipChat. We’ll be taking on the topic of vulnerability in leadership – which promises to be another meaty, smart and lively discussion!
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