insium's newsletter on leadership: June, 2017

Written by  Wednesday, 28 June 2017
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In preparing for my presentation, "Leading with Courage," for the 5th World Congress of Positive Psychology in Montreal next month, I am reminded of quotes, videos, images, memories and more that have piqued my curiosity in courage.

Firstly, it was the study and subsequent design of the Authentic Leadership Program with colleagues that ignited my curiosity in courage.  I came across "Radical Gratitude and other life lessons learned in Siberia" by Andrew Bienkowski and Mary Akers.  The following quote from this book – “It takes courage to be your most authentic self when others all around you are acting and pretending to be what they think is expected of them” – not only sparked my curiosity but also that of many program participants, leading to robust exploration and debate of authenticity in context of the work environment in which one works – including the impact of organisational design, dynamics and politics to lead with authenticity.

When I look through the various videos that I have collected and used in various leadership and team development programs, I notice that the strong theme of courage comes through.  Also noticeable is that courage comes in all shapes and sizes.  Some of these videos follow; I hope you enjoy viewing and potentially, using these with your teams too, to generate discussion about courage and many more aspects of leadership:

From Toy Story 3;  Buzz Flies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czgmiqhgMCQ

Barbie; Imagine the Possibilities:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1vnsqbnAkk

Australian Reconciliation Barometer 2012; I trust you.  Do you trust me?  Let’s hug: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P-e6XtIgUs

Soul Pancake Street Team; Take a Seat, Make a Friend:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfHV4-N2LxQ

Although a dog lover – we have two gorgeous Dalmatians – I'm generally not one for "cutesy" animal images.  However, the image below is one that embodies various aspects of courage for me, including: raising awareness of courage in self and others; there may be fear to act, but with it, willingness too; the subjectivity of courage; broadening perspectives on courage.  This image sits on my desk and galvanises me in times that I need to be courageous.  Thank you to Judy Hilton for sharing this image with me.

Finally, I cannot think of courage without thinking of my mum; she is one of the most courageous women I know.  I am grateful for where her courage has led us as a family and me as an individual. Thank you mum.

As insium continues on our journey, exploring and sharing what it means to lead with courage, developing leaders to be courageous, it would be great to hear your stories of courage and about who and what inspires your courage.  Please be in touch. 

 

Dina

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