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courage to fly

During a recent leadership training session for VISTA (the domestic Peace Corps), we had a thoughtful discussion about leading and managing with courage

Examples shared and discussed by these emerging young leaders included:

  • speaking up to protest an action contrary to stated values
  • deciding to take action based on information at hand that covered 90% of the situation without doing exhaustive analysis to get to the remaining 10% of the data
  • providing input during a large meeting when you’re an introvert
  • doing something that’s unpopular even though it’s the right thing to do
  • bringing up the unspoken elephant in the room
  • trying something new or taking a risk
  • giving your boss feedback

A pretty impressive list for some courageous young people just beginning their leadership journey!

My hope: that these young people manage to hold on to their moral compass and courage when they join the workforce. There’s nothing like walking the tightrope of holding onto your first big job so you can make your car payments and working in a culture that stifles innovation and calling out the elephant in the room.

What’s your hope for these young leaders?



Quotes about bravery and doing what’s right

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings

Unless we discover actual truth, morality is up for grabs. ~Pamela Christian

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. ~Coco Chanel

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon

Courage is grace under pressure. ~Ernest Hemingway

Men are more moral than they think and for more immoral than they can imagine. ~Sigmund Freud

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. ~André Gide

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmacher“

I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare. ~Maya Angelou

Morality is how you go about getting what you want without screwing anybody to get it. ~unknown

Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. ~John Wayne