Courage paradoxes permeate the workplace, making it difficult to distinguish “team” courage (an independent thinker who also contributes to the team and a team player who does not bend under pressure, for example). When an individual commits to a courage leadership environment that includes the twelve courage actions I have researched, team courage prevails such as tackling the tough project no one wants. Conversely, if each individual portrays courage leadership actions, “team courage” still shines. Both examples reflect courage consciousness; it is simply manifested in different ways. What how do you “get” this abstract and forgotten virtue?
Courage Taught or Learned? My research demonstrates that courage exists within each of us, and I believe that courage is your birthright! When you allow your courage to surface, you learn to cultivate and nurture it. How you learn to recognize and manifest your courage does not really matter. What matters is your receptivity. That being said, having a parent or mentor who teaches you about your courage can be a tremendous benefit. Life is rarely anguish-free. It takes personal courage to overcome challenges and become the person you are capable of being. Ask yourself, “Am I willing to live my life with courage in a new way?” What would I do if I had “unlimited courage?”
Sandra Ford Walston is known as The Courage Expert and innovator of StuckThinking™. She is an organizational effectiveness consultant, speaker, internationally published author of bestseller COURAGE, trainer and courage coach. She is certified in the Enneagram and MBTI®. www.sandrawalston.com.
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