The Courage to Lead
It takes a lot of courage to lead. It takes courage to step up to the challenge. It takes
courage to stand in front of others and ask them to follow. It takes courage to push or
pull others along a path that is anything but familiar or comfortable at times.
The reason is takes courage to lead is that because leadership inherently involves risk.
There is a risk that your activities won’t lead to outcomes…that your ideas will fail in
comparison to the promise you offered…and others won’t appreciate or even like you as
At the same time, the practice of leadership offers rewards. Leaders can bring people and
their ideas together to create synergy. Leaders build trust and foster engagement.
Leaders experience the joy of seeing success via individuals, groups, and organizations.
Make no mistake about it: It takes courage to lead. The questions for you are, where is
your courage, and when will you step up to lead?