Every day, I’m out there speaking to leadership development executives and hearing about the behaviors leaders need to move their companies forward. Leadership development professionals have the tough job of aligning the company’s goals with the skills that leaders must develop to be successful at those goals. It’s not enough to roll out a corporate plan to innovate, for example. Leaders have to behave in ways that drive innovation.

Increasingly, courage is a topic in these conversations. I hear how leaders need the wherewithal to make tough calls, have uncomfortable conversations, and exhibit the courage of their convictions. Terms like “leadership courage” or “managerial courage” come up. There’s a loud and clear ...

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