Leadership Bravery

December 13, 2018 4:09 pm

Bravery
Leadership Bravery

I woke up Sunday morning with a very sore neck and significant pain in my shoulder and arm. I subsequently visited a physiotherapist who located and addressed the issues that were contributing to the pain.

My physiotherapist:

  • Exercised bravery. She was not backward in addressing the situation head-on;
  • went straight to the root cause and created pain so that I might be pain-free;
  • didn’t skirt around or minimise the issue;
  • didn’t fear to hurt me;
  • almost made a big boy cry.

What if we as leaders were:

  • brave like my physiotherapist;
  • seeking to locate the cause of problems;
  • not trying to appease everyone nor sugar coat situations;
  • dealing with difficult situations rapidly;
  • not afraid of tears.

Just as one small area in my shoulder affected the rest of my body, so too it happens in organisations — one toxic, lazy or out-of-place employee; one inefficient process; one manager’s errant behaviour; one long-term customer’s appalling treatment of our staff; one incompetent supplier.

I wasn’t prepared to live with my pain and nor should you, but the first step is bravery.

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