The fifth and final component of courageous leadership is to “continue the pursuit.” If you are going to lead with courage, then you must learn to persevere in the midst of challenges and setbacks. Obviously, this is easier said than done though.
So, what’s the formula for persevering with courage? It really goes back to the first key to courageous leadership: clarifying your core. When you know 1) who you are, 2) where you are going, and 3) what is most important, then you are able to maintain the proper perspective on life.
Challenges will inevitably arise—that’s just life. How we respond to those challenges is what makes the difference though. People who feel sorry for themselves, blame others, make excuses, and give up are not courageous leaders.
On the other hand, courageous leaders stay focused on the big picture, understanding that current circumstances do not determine their future.
- They see challenges as opportunities for growth and setbacks as character-builders.
- They stay true to their core and focus on the long-term goals and plans for their life.
- They understand that perseverance is a requirement for success; not an option.
Where are you in your leadership journey? Are you lacking the courage to persevere? If so, then I encourage you to get back to the basics, starting with clarifying your core. Once you get clear about the foundation, you can move forward with courage and focus on the things that are most important.
I trust these posts on courageous leadership have been helpful to you, and I hope you will share them with others.
Lead with courage!