As a leader it is critical, no mandatory, that you possess the ability to infuse courage in others in order to empower them. The two must go hand in hand, empowering must be fueled by courage. Motivation and incentives only go so far if they come from outside ourselves. Courage is not the absence of fear, courage is the capacity to keep moving in spite of your fear. Leaders that are able to inspire in others the ability to “call deep (their) courage” as Dr. Brene’ Brown states, empower others from the inside out. This builds resiliency and draws on internal conviction, and is intertwined with character.
In the wake of the leadership void that exists in every area of our society, people are craving leadership that calls them to a mission greater than themselves, and infuses them with the courage to ‘take the hill’ regardless of the gusts of oppositional wind in their face. Authentic leaders know how to do this because they have walked this road themselves, and that power of a transformed life resonates, and inspires.