Three myths about courage in leadership:
- Identify the situations where courage is required, whether it is an incompetent employee, inappropriate behavior, deficient supervision, or otherwise.
- Map out the scope and intent of the conversation in advance - role play it with someone. Be clear about your intent, highly self-aware and vigilant against defensiveness.
- Identify possible options for a way forward and be open to alternative options that you had not anticipated. Be open-minded.
- Invite the conversation.
- Take whatever actions are required. Lead with courage and others will follow.