New Management Concepts White Paper by David Filippi Shows How Moral Courage is Essential to Strong Leadership

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Courage matters to leaders and to organizations. Without it our ability to lead is undermined, and we lose respect of employees. Can leaders become more courageous? The author of “Courage: The Bridge Between Values and Leadership” says, "Yes."

Courage is neither a value nor a skill. It’s a choice. Courage gives you strength to model the way, patience to listen, and confidence to compromise.” David Filippi, Management Concepts Senior Consultant

David Filippi, Senior Consultant with Management Concepts, who has researched both physical and moral courage, says courage must become an essential connection between core values and effective leadership.

Too often leaders think only of physical courage. In fact, “moral courage” is essential to leaders of any public or private-sector organization.

Filippi urges developing the ability to “decide in favor of taking the courageous path.” He says, “Courage is the mental or moral strength to withstand difficulty; it is a way of acting in the light of what is “right” or “best” in a situation, rather than taking an expedient course.”

But courage is not always easy.

Filippi’s white paper contains case examples that illustrate how leaders have confronted challenges and what they have done about them. “Readers cannot fail to see themselves in these examples,” says Casey Wilson, Management Concepts Director of Leadership and Management Practices. “The cases reflect the most difficult situations leaders face — from project success, ethical action in the face of potential retaliation, to saving yourself by taking the path that protects you but does not get the job done. Filippi’s analysis of these situations is extremely helpful.”

“Perhaps the question most readers want answered,” says Filippi, “is whether they can ‘learn’ courage, as they learn other leadership skills and tools. If you look at courage in isolation, the answer, of course, is no. If you see it as part of the dynamic relationship between values and leadership, my research and experience lead me to a more positive conclusion.”

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