Just finished up reading a book called, Rediscovering Catholicism and unexpectedly found
material for this blog in its contents. Author, Matthew Kelly states the following with regard to courage…
No one is born with courage. It is an acquired virtue. You learn to ride a bicycle by riding a bicycle. You learn to dance by dancing. You learn to play football by playing football. Courage is acquired by practicing courage. And like most qualities of character, when practiced our courage becomes stronger and more readily accessible with every passing day. Virtues are like muscles–when you exercise them they become stronger.
Everything in life requires courage. Whether it is playing or coaching football, crossing the room to ask a girl our on a date or rekindling a love that has grown cold, starting a new business, battling a potentially fatal disease, getting married, struggling to overcome an addiction, or coming humbly before your Got in prayer, life requires courage.
Courage is essential to the human experience. It animates us, brings us to life, and makes everything else possible. And yet, courage is the rarest quality in a human person.
The measure of your life will be the measure of your courage.
Thoughts Joe and Wanda? Does it require courage to be a manager?
Joe Kerr: Knowing my rag tag crew, it takes courage for me just to get up in the morning.
Wanda B. Goode: As the author stated, everything in life requires courage, including being a good manager. When entrusted with authority and responsibility the opportunities to exercise our courage muscles increase. As managers though, when our courage muscles atrophy there are impacts well beyond just us. We could benefit tremendously with increased exercising of courage in the workplace.
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The Art of Managerial Courage
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Courage as a Management Skill: Part 4 of 4 Part Series