To lead with heart and backbone, you need courage. Without courage, a leader is limited. Courage to show up, step in, and stand up for a cause or a vision. For this reason, leadership is not for the faint of heart. A leader needs courage to look ahead and see what’s coming, even if it’s difficult. A leader needs courage to advocate for a cause or differences. But most of all, a leader needs courage to take risks—to take a chance on options that others may not have had the courage to do. This kind of courage is what sets great leaders apart from mediocre leaders.
Sandra McDowell, MA, PCC
Author Sandra McDowell is a Certified Executive Coach with a Masters in Leadership and a Certificate in NeuroLeadership, and Vice-President Communications & Culture for First Credit Union & Insurance.