Courage is constructive opposition to risk or duress. Opposition alone is not enough: that opposition must be constructive. We often find courage in our relationships with others.
This document contains stories of people being courageous and of failing to be courageous. (The titles next to people’s names are their titles at the time the story occurred and may not be their title currently.) Discussing diverse situations in which people failed or succeeded to live up to their values often helps people to recognize and act on other opportunities when they arise. By discussing these stories in meetings, on teams, over internet or intranet forums, or in classrooms, groups can come up with ideas for leading with exceptional courage, learn each other’s perspectives, work through disagreements, and generate ideas. The teaching note is included.
Benefit of Courage
People who lead with courage feel peace of mind, are seen as having more executive potential, can bolster confidence, solves problems, generates creative outcomes, increases ethical standards, and may even create competitive advantage.
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