I was doing research on this topic and realized that courage is very different than what I thought it was. And courage in the workplace even more so.
Courage is a core value that most companies feel is important. But what is it exactly?
First, there is a difference between bravery and courage. Bravery means confronting pain or danger without fear. Courage means confronting them in spite of fear.
Most workplaces do not offer painful or dangerous situations in which to act courageous. When was the last time you had to fight an evil troll in the lunchroom? Or defend the honour of your company in a duel or joust
Courage in the workplace looks more like making first attempts, stepping up to the plate, letting go of the need to control, providing tough feedback.
Courage comes from confidence.
Here are some tips to increase your confidence and face your day with courage.
- Believe in yourself before sharing your ideas with others. Surround yourself with people who help build you up, not tear you down. When you believe in yourself, you have the courage to present your ideas.
- Walk like you own the world. I know it sounds crazy but try it. Hold your head up and throw those shoulders back. You will instantly feel stronger! People will listen to your ideas if you look confident.
- Do your research. Know your topic. You will have more courage to present your ideas if you have answers ready for the questions that may come up.
- Learn to manage feedback. Have the courage to accept criticism and negative feedback. Turn it into a positive. Grow from it.
- Dress for success. Even if the workplace is getting more casual, do casual in a professional way. Don’t be sloppy. T-shirts and jeans are fine if they fit well and are in good condition. If you look good, you feel good.
Courage is hard work but worth the effort. We all have it in us. Let the courageous person in you come out and take over the world!
Sheli Comeau, Product Support and Training Specialist
Missing Link Technologies ltd.
eonetwork.org, Courage is the Key to Great Leadership
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