The Importance of Courage for Team Leaders


When a team leader is willing to make courageous decisions, significant progress is made by the team. Leadership positions cannot give a person courage, but courage can give a person a leadership position. One of the things that all effective leaders have in common is the willingness to take risks.

Related: Leadership Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Courage Comes From Within the Team Leader

Every test you face as a leader begins within you. Courage is not the absence of fear but doing that which you are afraid of doing. It is the ability to let go of the familiar and step into the unknown.

Courageous Team Leaders are Peace Makers not Just Peace Keepers

It takes more courage to make things right than it does just to smooth things over. A team leader’s worth is measured in times of challenge and controversy. Effective team leaders not only possess people skills in getting the team to work together, but they can also take a stand when necessary. They have the ability to know when to stand up for something and the conviction to do it.

Courageous Team Leaders Inspire Commitment from Their Team

Courage is contagious; a show of courage by one team member encourages the rest of the team. A show of courage by the team leader inspires the team and makes them want to follow the team leader. When leadership expresses courage, it compels the team to do the right thing.

Your Leadership Expands in Proportion to Your Courage

While fear limits leaders, courage opens doors and provides better futures. Whether you take risks or not, you are going to experience some amount of fear. Since you are going to have to overcome your fear and doubts, you might as well make it count.

How You Can Improve Your Courage

  1. Stretch yourself. Do something that stretches you, simply for the sake of growing in courage. What you choose to do is not important, as long as it causes you to face a genuine fear.
  1. Stop avoiding confrontation. Is there someone with whom you know you are avoiding confrontation? Talk with that person this week in a kind and gentle manner.
  1. Take that big step. Is there something big you know you should do, but you have not had the courage to do? Face up to it this week, talk to your spouse or trusted friend about If you feel it’s the right thing to do, then do it.

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader


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