Courage in Leadership
Courage is one distinctive leadership trait that arguably gets the least attention when discussing leadership. Courage is seemingly a rare quality in these times. A public accusation is often far more damaging to a person than the truth of the matter. In the rush to judgment, confirmation biased culture we live in, courage may be the rarest American quality. Leaders must embrace courage if they are striving to lead by example. There will be times when a leader must stand for what they believe regardless of the public’s perception. This kind of courage is developed through self-awareness and reflection on one’s character. In other words, it’s a choice. The greatest leaders in history all had to make it.
"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities . . . because it is the quality which guarantees all others." — Winston Churchill
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