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The Courageous Leader. How to Face Any Challenge and Lead Your Team to Success

  • ID: 4015628
  • Book
  • April 2017
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"Courage is the willingness to do something in the face of adversity, fear, and pain. As a result, courage is what separates those of us who want something and those of us who actually achieve it. Courageous leadership is a choice."


"Sebaly writes with unassuming transparency and refreshing authenticity. As a leader working to grow my company, I felt exposed, encouraged, challenged, and inspired. Any leader will find value somewhere among the seven aspects of courageous leadership. For me, the chapters on The Courage to Take a Stand and The Courage to Delegate were transformative."
Dr. Nathan Regier, CEO of Next Element and author of Conflict without Casualties

"Angela has written a courage handbook. The messages from her experienced case studies are as powerful as the dilemma posed by her daughter at the neighborhood chili cook–off. Terms like the feedback trifecta, delegation doom loop and those people complex help define dilemmas facing every effective leader."
Larry Simkins, CEO and Chairman of Washington Companies

"Angela′s gift for relating to people and helping them through challenges is what makes this book so important for anyone who wants to be a better leader at work and a better person as a whole. Chock full of stories and practical how to′s from her personal life and consulting work."
Midge LaPorte Epstein, Executive Vice President Southwest Affiliate at American Heart Association

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Foreword xi

Introduction xiii

Courage Is the Way

The Three Components of Courage: Diversity, Pain, and Choice

The Intention of the Author and This Book

1 The Business Case for Courage 1

The Fear of Discomfort and Pain

Pain Thresholds

Common Reactions to Tough Times

Uncommon Choices

The Big Temptation

Honoring the Courageous Leader in You

Assessing the Risks

2 The Courage to Get Unstuck 27

When Life Kicks You out of the Workplace

Stuck in a Paradigm

Pain During the Transition

Making Sense of Our Pain

3 The Courage to Take a Stand 45

So, What Exactly Are Values?

Actual and Aspirational Values

Why Values Matter in Leadership

Clarity on Values

Activating Our Values

4 The Courage to Be Humble 63

Arrogance in the Workplace

Intentions, Behaviors, and Arrogance

Arrogance Is the Birthplace of the Humbling Experience

Why Humility Matters

Minimize Self and Maximize Our Bigger Purpose

5 The Courage to Be Confident 83

Those People Complex

Confidence Comes from Self–Trust

Your Vote Counts, and You Get to Vote for You!

Confidence in the Workplace

Strategies and Tools for Building Confidence

6 The Courage to Delegate 105

Delegation Takes Too Much Time

I Feel Guilty Giving My Team More Work

I Love Doing It All or at Least Being the Superstar

I Am Afraid My People Won t Do It as Well as I Would

My Customer Wants Only Me

I Don t Have People to Delegate to

7 The Courage to Give and Receive Feedback 123

The Big Temptation and Courageous Feedback

The Feedback Trifecta Giving Feedback

The Feedback Trifecta Receiving Feedback

8 The Courage to Be in the Middle (and Not Be in the Middle) 147

Much Th at Seems Personal Is Not Personal at All

Be a Bottom When You Should

Middle Between Two Ends

Middle Space and Courage

9 Grow, Recover, Repeat 169

Recovery in the Workplace

Indications We Need Recovery

10 Big Dreams, Big Moves 181

Big Dreams

Big Moves

Expect Success

Plan for the Worst

Build Your Board of Directors


Making Your Big Move

Acknowledgments 197

Epilogue 199

About the Author 201

Index 203

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Angela Sebaly
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