It takes guts to be courageous in the workplace, but it will help you achieve your goals and progress in your career.
Recently I had a conversation with a client who I have been working with since 2013.
They are running a development programme for their emerging, female talent. Their question to me was: “What is our programme missing?”
My answer: “You are not discussing the need for courage in career progression.”
So, what is courage? Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear”.
We all have courage when our backs are to the wall, but what about when our backs aren’t against the wall?
Courage is having a progressive career conversation with your boss, it is returning to work after an extended period of leave, or standing up to someone who is being offensive in the workplace.
Courage will mean different things to different people. It is often a gradual journey, with individuals gaining in experience and knowledge and nudging into new territory along the way.
Everyone has courage and it is likely that you have all done courageous things in your lifetime. Let’s look at two ways that you can stretch your “courage muscle” in your working life.