Leadership demands courage. You have to make good decisions while balancing inevitable tensions and knowing when to take risks. You need to keep your values in sight, regardless of the pressures around you. At its core, leadership is a daily, ongoing practice, a journey toward becoming your best self and inviting others to do the same.
And that’s where The Courage Way comes in. It’s a guide to leadership that shows how to access and draw upon courage in all that you do. It has its roots in the work of Parker J. Palmer, who in fifty years of teaching, speaking, and writing, has explored the human spirit — what he has called “the inner landscape” — and its role in life and leadership.
Five key ingredients are needed to cultivate courage, the most fundamental being trust—in ourselves and in each other. The Courage Way describes how to build trust through the Center for Courage & Renewal’s Circle of Trust® approach, centered on 11 “touchstones,” poetic and practical operating guidelines for holding the meaningful conversations vital to trust building. Each chapter features true stories of how leaders have overcome challenges and strengthened their organisations through touchstones like: “Extend invitation, not demand”; “No fixing, saving, advising, or correcting”; and “When the going gets rough, turn to wonder.”
A ‘Courage Way’ retreat is an opportunity to explore these key principles and practices of Courage & Renewal work and how they might find expression in your own life and work.