Traits of a courageous leader
With the Olympics upon us, my daughter and I have been spending some time watching men and women from all over the world race in downhill skiing, jump lengths well beyond that of a football field while wearing skis and plunge headfirst down an icy track. Despite all their talent, enthusiasm and resilience, another word they bring to mind is this: courage.
Being a CEO takes courage.Â Being a CEO during tumultuous times Ã¢ÂÂ whether due to the economy, your particular market or even due to factors within your own business Ã¢ÂÂ requires an even healthier dose of courage.
ForbesÃ¢ÂÂ Susan Tardanico lists 10 traits of a courageous leader. Here are some of my favorites:
- communicate openly and frequently;
- make decisions and move forward;
- give credit to others; and
- hold people (and yourself) accountable.
Be sure to read all 10 traits she lists.
Inc.com does a good job explaining how to cultivate courage (as if the Olympics donÃ¢ÂÂt already paint the perfect picture): Ã¢ÂÂYou develop it through experience. Every time you face a fear, you build confidence and courage. No matter the outcome, itÃ¢ÂÂs never as bad as your fear makes it out to be.Ã¢ÂÂ
When you witness someone else leading his or her business far beyond what was thought possible, and you (and I) want to emulate their success, ask yourself: Do I have the courage to put in the necessary work, take the risks and make the hard decisions to make it happen?