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Great leaders will embrace their pain. Great leaders know there will be danger ahead. Great leaders see challenges and run towards them.

Do you know what each of these traits have in common?

They are the epitome of a courageous leader.

What it takes to be a courageous leader

What Is Courage?

Webster’s Dictionary defines courage as:

The ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous

Courage means you face the tough trials in life. When there’s pain, you embrace or face it. When there’s danger, you confront it. When you’re challenged, you don’t back down.

These actions are courageous.

They take chutzpah. They take guts. They forge ahead!

How To Become A Courageous Leader

I believe courage is an integral part of a leader. You can’t beat new paths or cast vision without a little bit of courage.

One of the best ways to engage your team and ensure that they are really working towards the success of your business is to craft a vision that your team can believe in and can buy into. As leaders, we need to focus on what we are trying to accomplish and how our teams can get involved. This rings painstakingly true on an everyday basis.

It is our responsibility as leaders to craft a vision that is clear, consistent, inspirational, and aligned with our core values. With clarity, team members not only feel comforted in investing themselves fully but that compelling vision also helps disengaged workers find their connection point within the team and engage.

Vision is important

There’s many roles a leader must play. These roles can be dizzying.

Leaders must support their team. Leaders must bring unity to the organization. Leaders must cast a clear vision.

Your vision is all about the what.

It’s telling where you’re going. How you’re going to get there. And how you know you’ve arrived.

But how clear have you been in sharing the vision?

Get Clear On The What

You’ll see organizations through up a company vision. Usually, this vision is very generic.

You might see vision statements such as:

Help customers get their work done

To build high quality products people love

We will share the Gospel with all we meet

Those vision statements don’t do anything for me. They are blah. They are far too broad. They fail to speak to you.

You’ll hear people say that great leaders are born. That’s rubbish, I say.

While it’s true some people have a predisposition towards leadership, you don’t have to be born a certain way to be a great leader.

Great leaders aren’t born, great leaders are made.

The thing is, you can’t be willy-nilly about becoming a leader. When you feel yourself being called to leadership, you’ve got to step forward and claim the title.

Otherwise, you’ll run into issues sub-par leaders face. You don’t want to be there!

So, what can you do to become a great leader?

To become a great leader, you need to:

Care for people: A leader is someone who believes others have greatness within them. Great leaders help pull out this greatness and help others grow.

Grow yourself: Leadership is a constant journey. One that requires growth and consistency.

Give Me A Reason

October 22, 2014 — 22 Comments

That’s what every member of your team is trying to tell you. Please, give me a reason!

Give me a reason to follow you. Give me a reason to believe in the organization. Give me a reason to keep pushing forward.

As a leader, are you giving your team a reason? If not, it’s time to begin giving reasons.

The reasons have to be encouraging to your team. The reasons have to inspire your team. The reasons have to have purpose behind them.

Reasons Worth Giving

Your team is longing for a reason to serve. Lets give the team a reason.

I believe these areas are key to giving your team reasons to stick around.

1. A Strong Vision: Many organizations lack a strong vision. It’s so sad when this happen.