This month’s leadership quote:
“Courage is not limited to the battlefield. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like enduring pain when the room is empty or standing alone when you’re misunderstood.”
For me, the leadership lesson here is courage of our convictions. The courage to stand alone as a leader. Those times when you know you are headed in the right direction, but you are feeling resistance along the way. Yet, you continue to lead your team to the goal.
It’s hard. Sometimes the feedback we are hearing is valid and we should change direction. And other times, the feedback is based on fear and we must muster the courage to keep marching.
Both wisdom and courage are required to know the difference.