7 Traits that Separate a Leader of Courage

Leadership requires guts. (I wrote about that HERE.)

You can’t lead if you aren’t willing to be courageous. I wrote about that HERE and HERE.

I continue, however, to observe people who claim to be leaders, yet seem to have no courage at all. Have you seen this trait?

I believe we need great followers. My son Nate writes that we need to teach “followership”. (Read his thoughts HERE.) If someone wants to lead, however, let them lead! Will the real leader, please stand up?

In my opinion…

Here are 7 Traits that Separate a Leader of Courage:

  • Takes risks others are unwilling to attempt…
  • Invest in people others are willing to dismiss…
  • Empowers people while other wait for them to completely prove themselves…
  • Faces conflicts other avoid…
  • Challenges the status quo with which others have grown contented…
  • Embraces changes others ignore…
  • Remains steadfast when others are departing…

I’ll be honest, as a leader, I can become timid towards each of the traits on this list…(other than maybe the embracing change one :) )  It’s not a matter of having no fear or being over confident in one’s abilities. For the courageous leader, it’s an issue of pushing through the adversity and obstacles that get in the way of achieving a worthy goal. It’s continually going back to the vision and doing whatever it takes to accomplish the vision. It’s embracing faith over fear and refusing to let past failures dictate future success. That’s what separates a leader of courage from the norm.

What would you add to my list?

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9 thoughts on “7 Traits that Separate a Leader of Courage

  1. Some of the posts you have make me think….in ways I am not always so happy to do. Thanks for that! I can't fix it if I don't know about it.
    Some of what you listed, I have no problem with. Some might say TOO little problem with, while others I am am a little slow on. I know I should be far more encouraging of others. Those coming along behind me need the encouragment so they will be able to see beyond the trouble they have now, and persevere; I just don't always react as well as I should.
    A work in progress.
    Twitter: bryankr

  2. Facing conflcts others avoid is huge here. I've found that courageous leaders face and usually come out better than most would in terms of bridges burned or feelings hurt. Great post here, Ron!
    Twitter: jonathanpearson

  3. I have learned that a leader of courage must be able to admit his own shortcomings and mistakes while holding himself accountable to those whom he leads. It's not the most pleasant part of leadership, but the influence it has on others is immeasurable.

    Thanks for the good words!


  4. I’m forty five years old and have been learning over the past couple of years most employees are salvageable and can grow when someone believes in them and offers consistent encouragement. People I would have written off ten years ago are now flourishing in my sphere of influence. I wish I could go back and pick up the people that I didn’t stick with but I can’t.
    Twitter: Calvin__Brown