Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is a daring adventure or nothing. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. ~Helen Keller
Leaders lead best when they make a positive impact. Yet to influence meaningful change at any level of an organization, in a team or even in ourselves boldness is necessary. Have you ever tried to make an impact of any size while being timid?
To lead boldly you must start with yourself and be willing to take risk. There really are no risk-free activities in life. And making bold decisions as a leader means you risk failure. But you also risk failure if you try nothing new and stand still. John Maxwell wrote, “The difference between where we are and where we want to be is created by the changes we are willing to make in our lives.” The less you venture out, the greater the risk of failure.
Bold leaders take leadership to exceptional levels. A study on bold leadership by Joseph Folkman, Forbes Contributor and Author found the following:
When leaders have both good judgment and bold leadership there was a 95% chance they were rated as extraordinary.
Combining bold leadership with other competencies such as honesty and relationship building, innovation and strategic perspective can be significantly enhanced.
Bold leaders are viewed as much more effective. In the study, those at the 90th percentile for bold leadership were also in the 91stpercentile for overall leadership effectiveness.
As we partner to grow your leadership ability to exceptional levels, think of yourself as one bold leader. Be the leader that takes risk to create a bold and positive impact for your team and yourself. To learn more from the “One Bold Leader” series, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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