The five characteristics of courageous leadership

Continuing Onward Under Rigorous And Grinding Experiences

Judy House, the best boss I ever reported to, used to say to me, “Mike, the higher you move in an organization the less freedom you have.”

In any endeavor where you have people looking to you for leadership, they are watching you and waiting to see how you will respond in each situation you face. Every day, The Staver Group works with organizations and encourages them to live and work courageously. In these turbulent times, it is critical that there are models in organizations showing how to live and work in the culture. Courage is not just about living boldly, it’s about the ability and willingness to take a stand and live that stand in the choices that you make.

If the people who work with you were given truth serum and ask to write down the three words that best describe the experience of working with you, what would those three words be? This months tips are about how to demonstrate that courage and then hold others accountable for living and working courageously in the culture we call work.

The five characteristics of a Courageous Leader are:
1. Stays focused on the desirable results and is unwavering in pursuing it
2. Removes the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving the result
3. Acts decisively and takes responsibility for the choices that they make
4. Avoids excuses and the people that make them
5. Listens openly and non-judgmentally

Here are the action steps for this month:
• Clarify expectations in your mind first
• Communicate expectations that may be ambiguous
• Collaborate in setting specific and measurable performance standards
• Follow-up to hold people accountable

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