|Over the several months, I have been doing work on and thinking about the following topics: process and results, curiosity, how coaches can involve parents and at the same time keep up some guard rails, accountability, and how silence & solitude help leaders be better prepared and make better decisions.
But the one topic that I can’t put down over the last two weeks is courage.
I have spent time thinking about the best of the best, those elite leaders who have maximized their program’s or organization’s potential (regardless of the level or area they are leading in).
And I am asking myself if they are courageous.
The answer has been a resounding yes!
Elite leaders have the…
+ Courage to have hard conversations.
+ Courage to make hard decisions.
+ Courage to hold people accountable.
+ Courage to do things that make you the least popular person in the staff or locker rooms.
+ Courage to hold to your convictions.
+ Courage to change something good when you think it could be great.
+ Courage to make a decision that your ‘gut’ says to make but everyone else is saying the opposite.
+ Courage to receive feedback.
It is extremely hard to be consistently courageous. But not being courageous is almost a guarantee that dysfunction or underperformance will be present in your program/organization.
PS. Please respond to this email if you think of other instances in which courage is necessary.