How To Be A More Courageous Leader

Leadership requires courage.

Courage to make tough calls, courage to have difficult conversations, courage to have a vision and rally people around it, and much more.

You can practice being courageous in different aspects of your life with these tips:

1️⃣See Things as They Really Are
Those who are courageous are not afraid to confront their self-doubt and negativity. They’re seldom in a state of denial. They know their good side and their negative side, since each of us has both.

Are you willing to acknowledge your faults? Or do you make excuses for your behavior and blame others or circumstances?

To help see yourself clearly, try sitting quietly in a place you won’t be disturbed and write in your journal. Do this every day, or at least once a week.

Write about your feelings during the day and what triggered them. How did you react? Where did these reactions come from – from your compassionate, loving side or from your negative side?

2️⃣Follow Your Ideals
Living courageously involves sticking to your values and ideals. Here are a few instances of courage:
* Be honest even when it means losing something.
* Support those you love so they can develop courage and self-reliance.
* Choose your career based on how much you’ll enjoy it and not how much money you’ll make.
* Do what you believe to be right regardless of what others think.

Practice your courage in your daily life by demonstrating your values in both big and small ways. When you make a mistake, own up to it and do what you can to make amends. Not only will you get used to showing your courage, but others will also grow in respect for you.

3️⃣Try, Try Again
All of us have faced failure. The important thing is how we deal with it.
Can you get up and continue on the journey? Doing so takes courage, but once you’ve risen up after a fall, the next time you’ll find that it’s easier to get back up. Each time, you feel a little braver than the last time. You learn from both your errors and from the action of continuing on in spite of them.

4️⃣Experience Something New
Avoid letting your age or circumstances stop you from experiencing life to the fullest and trying new things.

Each time you try something new, no matter how small, you step outside your comfort zone and build your courage.

Just dig deep within and you’ll find that you already possess courage. It’s just a matter of loving yourself and loving life with all its mishaps. Couple those with the tips above, and you’ll be able to tap your inner resources in a way you’ve never known before.

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