How Courageous of a Leader Are You ?

ddayToday (June 6) is the anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

Ever think about D-Day?

Ever think about what it must have been like to been there on the shores of Normandy that day?

I don’t know about you, but the thought gives me shivers. So my thoughts go to the courage of those that were there and the leaders who devised the plan … and executing the plan did take courage … I tip my hat to those who were there.

I find courage for the seeming little things lacking with many leaders today.

I’d like to see more courage in saying what has to be said … and doing what has to be done … and taking action on unacceptable performance levels as an example.

However, Sir Winston Churchill reminds us; “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

How is your courage? How many times in the past six months have you demonstrated that you’re a courageous leader?

My leadership tip for you this week is to ask you to challenge yourself by keeping a scorecard to track your courage. Give yourself a point for every legitimate courageous act you make over the next 90 days.

With a low score, you may find that maybe, just maybe you are missing opportunities that are holding you and your organization back. You’ve got to have courage !

Accept this challenge but do so with this clear perspective … “efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy

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