by Art Piccio . November 13th, 2015
Courage does not always mean valor or doing something dangerous. It can be as simple as consistently doing things because they make you or the world a better place, even when those things are difficult.
Each day we are presented with dozens if not hundreds of choices.
Some decisions will be harder than others, but we should never confuse difficult decisions with the right ones. A leader will have the courage and integrity to follow through on what must be done – regardless of the difficulty.
You don’t need to do anything dramatic to be a great leader, rather than a mere manager. Heck you don’t even have to be a manager to be a leader. Often, the things that count the most are the small ones.
The key is to do those small things consistently. This is a lot harder than it seems. While each of the items on the list below are not too hard to do at one sitting, most of us avoid doing these simply because they’re slightly harder than what we’re used to.
And yes, these points are all arguable. Please feel to leave your thoughts in the comments!
A study by Dale Carnegie Training found that around 3 out 4 employees are not fully engaged. In real world situations it’s often not the big decisions that turn out to decide whether or not someone is engaged, but patterns of small acts by immediate supervisors.
Leadership is rarely if at all tested in a huge one-off life-defining situation, but in a series of long, dreary, often simple but sometimes Sisyphean series of challenges. If you can handle them with grace, tact, and earnestness, then you will have succeeded as a leader, regardless of whether your enterprise does the same.
Help us with this list! What other small things can a leader do?
Arthur Piccio manages YouTheEntrepreneur and has managed content for major players in the online printing industry. He was previously BizSugar's contributor of the week. His work has appeared multiple times on The New York Times' You're the Boss Small Business Blog. He enjoys guitar maintenance and reading up on history and psychology in his spare time.