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Building Community Takes Courage
In fact, it requires downright bold, in your face courage to lead in a way that elicits support from followers and builds community while remaining firm in the pursuit of the company’s mission and objectives. I want to share with you five key indicators to look for to determine if your leadership chops are up to the test.
1. You’re a courageous leader when you have the willingness to ask for help and openly receive it from others. It does not matter if the follower is at a different place on the organizational chart or just starting out with the company, all employees/followers have something to contribute to the organization’s goals. Courageous leaders tap into that contribution factor and make it known that all ideas are worthy of life before a swift death on the leader’s desk.
2. You’re a courageous leader when you are willing to quickly admit your mistakes and move to a point of resolution between all parties. Resolution does not mean an admission of guilt, but more of a recognition and affirmation that each of us has a point of growth that is needed in certain situations. As an added benefit, followers loyalties grow each time they witness a selfless stance by the courageous leader…leading to a powerful open environment ripe with positive expectation.
3. You’re a courageous leader when you search out those in the organization that should be on a leadership track to reach their full leadership potential. None of us have arrived at a place of leadership on our own, so to nest where we are and forget about the unspoken struggle to rise to prominence in leadership is selfish and short-sighted. Why? Because we should care more about the success of others more than ourselves when given the opportunity. We all win when we are unselfish in our pursuits.
4. You’re a courageous leader when you make the choice to be vulnerable and not only with your core leadership team, but with your followers! This can be downright scary to those trained in the classical management theory of mechanistic leadership or viewing followers as expendable cogs in a wheel to be replaced at the leader’s whim. When you are vulnerable you risk while understanding the value of what it will bring to the company in the long and short-term.
5. You’re a courageous leader if a follower pushes back with different ideas and perspectives without a fear of you firing them! Many leaders lead from the perspective that if a follower pushes back they are a threat. When leaders lead from the heart followers have a welcomed perspective filled with new chances to grow the company because of unfettered ideas and a platform to share them appropriately.
Developing Courage Is A Process
While I could go on with this list, these top five courageous leadership attributes lend themselves to a strong foundation upon which any leader can build and continue to develop for their follower’s. Do you have the courage to wade in courageously and test out some of these leadership attributes?
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