Courageous leadership is not about naiveté or false bravado. It involves feeling fear, anxiety, and uncertainty; facing it; and moving forward. Organizations in all countries and of all dimensions—small, large, family, public, private, government, nonprofit, military—need responsible, coherent, courageous leaders to help them through the morass.
To be an effective leader in today's world requires something significantly more fundamental than mere technique or skills: it requires the courage to move beyond simple answers, the paralysis of fear, or the safe anonymity of the sidelines in order to help make things better. Here are four dimensions of the courage necessary to leadership in today's world.