The “C” Word

The one thing we all need the most in tough and uncertain times is courage. Heck, I think we need it during the good times as well! Think about it — we have opportunities to take risks, lead, or perhaps, face the critics even in the good times.

If you’re a leader, know that you will need courage more than anything else. You will need it to think, plan, strategise, take risks, make decisions, face the critics, or stay patient and disciplined to keep doing the right thing irrespective of the dismal outlook.

That said, it’s hard to be courageous. And I think most people think it’s all about being loud or dramatic, which isn’t true. Screaming at the top of your lungs or roaring like a lion doesn’t work for everyone. Sometimes all it takes is a quiet resolve to yourself saying that “I’ll be back again tomorrow — stronger, wiser, and more determined.”

Of course, neither a roar or a quiet resolve would mean you’re going to nail that challenge in front of you. You probably might fail. But then, in leadership and life, if you’re not winning you’re learning. So you keep coming back until you don’t have to.

I think the prayer of the Special Olympics sums up this principle beautifully:

Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

By Sunil Nair

Nurturing leaders of tomorrow.

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