Volume 4

“The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome” -- Brené Brown

Warren Bennis captured the challenge when he said, “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.” No one arrives at courage. Courage comes in small doses. Each step forward moves you toward courage. But you always face fear again. Courage is facing self-doubt and stepping forward. There’s hope if you acknowledge fear. “All you can do is bring your best self today. And then do the same tomorrow.”

When Tammy Green spoke on “The Courage To Lead”, she highlighted a book, Polarity Management, by Barry Johnson as a go-to-resource. Many of us had not heard of this concept, or at least hadn’t heard of it using the language shared by Tammy. It became such a focal point of those conversations, we felt it to be a good resource for you to have in your library. So in addition to this Extended Learning – Volume 4 highlighting Tammy’s presentation and her follow-up message to each of you – you will be receiving a copy of this book in the mail this week to add to your personal Leadership Toolkit.

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

Additional Resources

To explore the theme of courage, consider following Brené Brown's full presentation on Netflix.

We have collected resources for you to explore--the first is on the courage to lead.

Here is a link to resources on "polarity thinking"--which addresses key ideas introduced in Leadership Live!, including paradox, wicked problems, chronic tensions, and other challenges to productivity and success.

Here is another text exploring polarity thinking: Polarity Management™: Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems, by Barry Johnson, presented by Carolyn McKanders, M.A., M.S.W.cmckanders@aol.com, Center for Adaptive Schools.

“Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” --Eleanor Roosevelt

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