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Remember in “The Wizard of Oz” how the Cowardly Lion – when he got to see the Wizard – was like, “What? I already had courage? WTH?” It was kind of uncool that the Wizard made the poor guy go all the way through that drama, only to say, “That gift you want? You already got it!” Well, leadership courage is a lot like that. Often, when leaders ask, “How can I get more courageous in my leadership?” the answer is – like the lion – you’ve already got this; just tap into that which you already have.
As a leader, courage should be the bedrock that’s your foundation – the courage to challenge the status quo, and to be your authentic and effective self in front of the world.
Dr. Steve Yacovelli (“The Gay Leadership Dude”) is Owner & Principal of TopDog Learning Group, LLC, a learning and development, leadership, change management, and diversity and consulting firm based in Orlando, FL with affiliates across the globe. With over 25 years’ experience, Steve understands the power of using academic theory and applying it to the “real” world for better results. His latest book, Pride Leadership: Strategies for the LGBTQ+ Leader to be the King or Queen of their Jungle is available June 2019. topdoglearning.biz.
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