Courageous Leadership—a Lifestyle Choice


Courage leadership is a lifestyle choice. Ask yourself: “Why would I want to exhibit the efficiency that courageous leadership enables?”

You will discover that there is a direct correlation between your “courage quotient” and your “success quotient.” When you begin to live in the present you can recognize when you are selling your soul. For example, people assume that finding a new job will be difficult, so they remain complacent, mistakenly believing—or simply hoping—that things will change. Yet, in reality, situations seldom change by themselves. To show courage, decide when it’s time to face the truth or prompt a change: then, be eager to discover the next opportunity. Facing the facts and taking action are required if you wish to change your life.

The concepts of courage-centered living are deceptively simple. The mind (ego) will want to undermine them. After all, how could something so easy work? In the article “Simple Courage,” René Da Costa writes that people demonstrate a tendency to shun simplicity for complexity. “Simplicity takes talent and dedication.… It takes courage to advocate simplicity. Simplicity has nowhere to hide and neither do those who advocate it.” We become courageous by being courageous. It’s that simple! All you have to do is decide whether this forgotten virtue is worth learning. Leadership qualities are defined by courage, such as asking for the tough project or staying focused on the results. What would motivate you to explore where this ancient virtue fits into your work life?

Examples of Higher Integral Levels of Courage Consciousness 

  • They are willing to give themselves permission to claim their courage.
  • They distinguish and aptly apply the 12 behaviors of courage found on the Source Wheel.
  • They have a fierce resolve to act and to be advocates (BTW, mentors see associates to the threshold of power; advocates apply action to pull them through).
  • They squash status quo and mediocrity.
  • They understand a higher level of courage consciousness called “where courage meets grace.”
  • They establish higher standards; in other words, they do not focus on the lowest denomination.
  • They are conscious of the suffering in their lives portrayed by the false Self (content); hence, they learned to migrate to a higher integral level of courage consciousness that reside in their true Self (context). Most of us continue to reshuffle the content.
    • What do I mean by “suffering?” Suffering lives in resistance. How much is your soul worth?
  • They are curious rather than complacent.
  • They live in acceptance as a matter of free will rather than resignation.
  • They know that when obstacles are surrendered, their true Self prevails.
  • They consciously declared a declaration of courageous intention such as using the word to define their life journey.
  • They know that the greater the challenge, the greater the courage consciousness is required, such as self-discipline.
  • They know that mistakes help one retain humility.

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