Leadership Courage: The Four Types Needed in the Workplace

18 May, 2021

The last year and a half has placed demands on business leaders that seemed inconceivable two years ago: transitioning workforces to virtual environments, dealing with un-planned disruptions, consistent rounds of layoffs, upset forecasts, and decision-making amidst tremendous uncertainty. We need courageous leaders during these times who can bravely and confidently go into the unknown, says Angie Morgan. In this article for Real Leaders, Morgan writes about the four types of courage managers need to develop a successful workplace culture.

Coming from the Marine Corps, Morgan has experienced courage first-hand, both in the field and in the workplace. While physical courage may not be needed in the office, other types of courage are critical. Managerial courage, for example, reflects in a person’s readiness to face their duties as a manager head on and be prepared to make difficult decisions for the sake of the business. Knowing the limits to your own knowledge and being open to others’ ideas is intellectual courage. Doing the right thing regardless of the consequences to oneself, and no matter how unpopular or difficult, is moral courage.

Finally, Morgan writes it is important to be “authentically you”. Having the social courage to reject conformity and display our true characteristics along with voicing our own ideas are what distinguishes leaders and creates a positive impact on the workplace.

Finding and developing this courage comes from deeply interrogating your own ethical framework, and practicing bravery in your daily life. How are you strengthening your courage?

Real Leaders, Angie Morgan, 10 May 2021. Read the full article here.

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