“Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage.

The world is desperate for braver leaders.

It’s time for all of us to step up.” – Brené Brown

This quote from best-selling author, Dr Brené Brown, really inspires us to have the courage to be a leader and we know from her best-selling book “Dare to Lead” that courage building skills can be learnt.

What Brené found from her research is that vulnerability is in fact our best measure of courage. She defines vulnerability as risk, uncertainty and emotional exposure, which shows up for all of us in our lives. For example, when we start a new job, get promoted, embark on a new business, ask someone out on a date, commit to a relationship, become a parent, or move to a new country. However, it is not just big events in life when we feel vulnerable, but also in small moments during our day. It could be having a tough conversation with a work colleague or family member, pitching a new idea at a meeting, going to the dentist or waiting for test results from the doctor. Often, we have to risk failure or accept that we cannot control the outcome of a situation or sit with the discomfort of uncertainty or the excruciating pain of emotional exposure. And that feels vulnerable!

We also need to lean into vulnerability to be creative, innovate, deal with change, build trust and to deeply connect with people. This takes courage!

For us, working with a deaf community in Bali, we can see the risk and uncertainty in these young peoples’ lives, especially as many of them are orphans. It is a stark reminder of vulnerability, yet at the same time they have the courage to embrace creating our Little Courage Hearts and building their leadership skills to grow their own business and financial security.

It hardly needs saying that this last year has seen a huge amount of turmoil, uncertainty, fear and collective vulnerability. All of us have needed courage in the face of this global pandemic.  So, where have you been courageous in your life?

We’ve been lucky here in Western Australia and have delivered many Dare to Lead™ programs to support our brave leaders.  However, we are very aware that across the world there are still many hurdles to overcome. It is a leadership challenge. So, what is your call to courage?

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