As I redesign my message on courage to be RESPONSE ABILITY: A Call for Courageous Leadership,
I assert there are some of you who have asked the question, “What the heck is courageous leadership?” This is a very valid question, especially with so many definitions of leadership out there and many of them including some kind of qualifier: ethical leadership, servant leadership, organizational leadership, personal leadership…on and on. So, how is courageous leadership distinct from any general definition of leadership along with any variation of it?
To answer this question, I must first provide my definition and then look at how this stacks up against others. First, to be clear, this is not simply about leadership. It’s not about simply being courageous.
Courageous leadership is standing up, stepping in, and speaking out. That’s it. It’s that simple. Yet, it’s not easy.
I can expand on this by defining...