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Being a Courageous Leader - Introduction

In the late 1990's, oh, how I love that phrase and the eyebrows it raises! It seems so long ago and yet here we are today!

Yes, in the 1990's, I was privileged to be coached out of the Energy For Performance Organization.

In one of our sessions, my coach spoke to me of my ability to see so much with an intuitive and discerning mindset. I could clearly name what I saw, get some great questions out on the table and yet allow the conversation to stop before it really accomplished anything. It then felt like a disappointment to me and a waste of time to my colleagues. It was easy to think that no one wanted to hear what I had to say when in reality there were some concepts I could use to increase my skill at naming situations that needed to be addressed and some skills at creating a productive conversation that would take me to the next level of being BOLD.

In the Template above you will see the process that has become most meaningful and helpful to me in difficult situations and the conversations that follow those situations.

Over the next two months we will explore these concepts and hopefully you will have the opportunity to hone some of these leadership skills to new levels.

Taking responsibility means never blaming anyone else for anything you are being, doing, having or feeling.

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

Susan Jeffers

For more information on BOLD, check out:

What-if Leadership Journal, by Ruth Esau, available on

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