A Key Element of Leadership….Courage

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I started thinking about courage, and the role it plays in leadership. Just for the heck of it, I ran a google search for images related to “leadership competency models” and scrolled through the first 20 or so pages of graphic models, looking to see if “courage” showed up.

It did show up on a few, but very few. Now some will probably remind me that courage is more a quality than a competency, and they might be right (although I do  think the line between all of these definitions blurs tremendously.) Nevertheless, it struck me that there were few “competencies” on any model that a leader could demonstrate without having a healthy dose of courage. (more…)