Consultant Mike Staver says courage is a more criticaltrait than ever. "In a harsh business environment, there are serious consequences for making the wrong move," he says. "You may have to make some pretty risky choices to differentiate yourself." He recommends going on the "ATTACK" with six steps:
Accept your current circumstances. That doesn't mean not wanting to change them, just being honest about what they are. "Ask yourself: What are you pretending not to know?"
Take responsibility. "Responsibility isn't about blame; it's about response. Own what is yours." Be ready to do what you need to, and refrain from blaming outside forces.
Take action. Don't get hung up waiting for the perfect moment or the right data. Follow your gut and heart and values and goals for the future.
Acknowledge progress. Celebrate meeting benchmarks "with the same enthusiasm as if the whole goal had been accomplished."
Commit to lifelong learning. "If you're not learning, you're not leading."
Kindle relationships. "Courageous leadership doesn't mean softening your approach with people.
It means confronting people, challenging people, not letting them get away with being less than you know they can be."
Note: You can take Staver's "Leadership Courage Quotient" assessment at his website, thestavergroup.com.