Courage in Action

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in ALL Posts, Blog, Finding Courage | 17 comments

19The last few weeks we have been exploring the excitement of fear and how that queasy feeling in our stomachs can be a clue that we are about to do something magnificent and life-changing. Last week we boldly proclaimed that all this fear talk is really about courage. We were inspired with quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, and more. You can find that post here:

This week I’m going to offer a simple list of courageous things leaders do. Just a list.

I’ll leave it up to you to add to the list, take things off the list, or give an explanation that seems right to you. You can do all these things in the comments section.


What do Leaders do that requires courage?

* They say Yes, No, or Maybe.

* They enter into difficult conversations.

* They take chances.

* They allow bright and gifted subordinates to shine.

* They forgive.

* They fail.

* They set boundaries.

* They stand up for what they believe is right.

* They resist reacting to slander or misguided anger.

* They raise kids.

* They travel to new places.

* They continue give to others when their own situations look frightening.

Which of these ideas caught your attention? List them in the comments section. The top three picks will become future blogs posts!

If you missed any of our previous blog posts, you can find the complete list here: or you can select a category to review from the drop down list in the right hand column.


Here’s your sharable for this week
(copy and post to FB, twitter, or email it to a friend):
Courage isn’t sensed, it’s seen in action:


Until next time, remember your choice to
Be Inspired!  Be Inspirational! Be a Leader!


FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather


  1. They set boundaries
    They resist reacting to slander or misguided anger
    They raise kids
    They take chances
    These four stand out to me right now. Traveling to new places can be applied to lots of areas too, which is neat.
    I’ve recognized that I go so far with certain things, then pull back – fear of taking chances is part of that. Such a great list, LouAnn

    • Thanks for your input, Tesa!! I totally understand. Identifying those areas helps us to move just a little but farther then next time, and then the next time….. In reality – what’s the worst that could possibly happen? Thanks again for sharing your thoughts! Have an inspirational day!

  2. The top 3 choices for me are:

    They enter into difficult conversations

    They allow bright and gifted subordinates to shine

    They stand up for what they believe is right

    To this list I would also like to add the thought that not only do courageous leaders let subordinates shine, they make sure that those above them are aware and give credit to the subordinates. They don’t accept praise for work that others did.

    • Thanks for your insightful comment!! Very helpful additions indeed! Sorry for the late response. I think this got lost in the hard drive crash. Thanks again for your awesome input!

  3. Setting boundaries and saying yes, no or maybe caught my attention. I have a tendency to over commit myself sometimes.

    • oh yes…. I think many of us have that tendency. We’ll be chatting about that in future posts for sure. Thanks for your input! Sorry for the late response. Hard Drive is done crashing now. 🙂 Glad to have you as part of our community!!

  4. Thank you for a great blog posting! The “list” is excellent!!! Tough to pick out three. I will stay tuned for the three that you surprise us with. Thank you for the wisdom you provide. Incredible learning going on here. What a “Blessing” to your readers!

    • Hi Heather,
      Thanks so much for your input. I’m glad the list was helpful and inspiring. It will be fun to see what our readers select. 😉
      I’m grateful to know the blog is beneficial! It’s really fun to engage with others over such an important topic.
      Hope your day is exemplary in every way.
      Thanks again for your comment!!

  5. Well this blog is different and I like it! I like list. I love when a leader allows all too shine, they enter that difficult conversation, and my personal favorite ~ they travel! That’s right travel is risky business but so worth it. This doesn’t need to be a world traveler but just willing to explore at all levels ~ allows you the ability to learn.

    The willingness to say you failed or were wrong ~ It’s probably the hardest thing I see for people to overcome.

    Love the stimulation that your blog brings into my day… I become more aware as I work through my day!

    • Hi Luckyygal!
      So nice to see you back in our community. I’m glad you liked the format. I figure its good to mix it up a bit and try new things. I’ll add more lists from time to time as we move forward.
      I love your comments!! Oh yes…. we should talk about travel more here. That would be fun.
      Yes… we’ll talk more about being strong in the face of mistakes too. So So important.
      So glad the blog is an inspiration to you!! You are definitely inspirational to everyone else here too!!
      Glad you’re part of our leadership circle!
      Have a great day!

  6. The one that stands out to me most is “They take chances”
    I’m usually a play-it-safe kind of person, but the older I get, the more I realize how important it is to step out of my comfort zone. It’s an amazing way to grow in confidence and mature in life. And even if I’m not known to many, I’m being an example to those in my day to day life and hopefully encouraging them (whether by words or living example) to step out and take chances themselves.

    Thanks for your blogs. They really get me thinking, which is a wonderful thing!

    • Thanks so much for sharing your insight, Carla!! Very Inspiring!
      I’m grateful the blog posts are beneficial. It wouldn’t be nearly as helpful without input from inspirational people like you! Thanks for giving back so wonderfully.

    • I agree with you Carla, I feel exactly the same way.

  7. Some things I would like to add:
    *They inspire
    *They are grateful
    *They love life
    *They are proactive
    *They create
    *They believe in themselves and a higher power

    I liked to forgive and fail. Yes, because failure is okay for those who have courage. Thank you for a place to have to opportunity to write these comments!

    • Thanks, Laurie! Love your input!!

    • I’m loving your additions to the list!! Great ideas and VERY important!! Yes, I agree… there’s something about admitting a mistake that takes our deepest courage. We’ll explore why that may be in future posts.
      Thanks again for posting!! Your insight is always very inspiring.

    • Great additions to the list!


  1. Courageous Leaders Parent | LouAnn Stropoli - […] for all the great comments so far. You can still add your comments or read that last post here:…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *