10 Traits of a Positive Thinker: #5 COURAGE
Here is the list of positive psychology author Scott Ventrella’s 10 traits of a positive thinker: 1. Optimism, 2. Enthusiasm, 3. Belief, 4. Integrity, 5. Courage, 6. Confidence, 7. Determination, 8. Patience, 9. Calmness, 10. Focus. I am expanding on each trait in a 10-part series.
This blog addresses Courage in Leadership. If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, you may be a leader who exhibits courage at work.
- Do I prevent crises from paralyzing me?
- Do I speak up on unpopular positions if I think they have merit?
- Do I take on assignments that interest me even when the odds of a favorable outcome are slim?
- Do I stay on course even when things get uncertain?
- Do I support colleagues who are being excluded due to implicit/explicit bias?
What strategic business plan would you implement if you were ten times bolder?
The word Courage is from Latin cor, meaning “heart.” You may have heard the phrase, “Take heart.” It is power that is drawn from within. It is the willingness to take risks and overcome fears, even when the outcome is uncertain; AND, it is also the willingness to move forward on your values, even when you know the outcome will be unfavorable. The antonym to courage is “cowardice.” The word “coward” comes from Latin cauda, which means “tail,” as in when a dog runs away with its tail between its legs. Fear is what often prevents us from acting courageously in the workplace.
Scott Ventrella: Fear creates a certain degree of desperation that can cause us to compromise ourselves. Many people mistakenly believe that courage is the absence of fear, but, to the contrary, courage is acting in spite of our fears. (pg. 137; emphasis added).
Here are some more favorite quotes on courage:
C.S. Lewis: Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
Mark Twain: Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Sir Winston Churchill: Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Paulo Coelho: An act of courage is always an act of love.
Mary Anne Radmacher: Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, “I will try again tomorrow.”
And, from the animated feature film A Bug’s Life: You let one ant stand up to us, and they all might stand up! Those “puny little ants” outnumber us a hundred to one. And if they ever figure that out, there goes our way of life! It’s not about food. It’s about keeping those ants in line. THAT’S WHY WE’RE GOING BACK! Does anyone else wanna stay?
Take courage. Embrace your fears (that’s how you squash them into oblivion).
Rossina Gil, MSOD, MAIS, is a Leadership and Organization Development Practitioner, author, cultural analyst, coach, speaker, and facilitator. CorporateLookingGlass.com.
©Rossina Gil, 2013
Posted on June 30, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged C.S. Lewis, Courage, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mark Twain, New York City, Paulo Coelho, Power of Positive Thinking in Business, Winston Churchill. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.