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The Courageous Leader: How to Face Any Challenge and Lead Your Team to Success Hardcover – March 13, 2017
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From the Inside Flap
What does it take to be an exceptional leader? Is exceptional leadership a talent that you're either born with or you're not, or is it something that virtually anybody can acquire?
In this important book, renowned leadership coach, Angela Sebaly, delivers a powerful message about courage that every leader, and anyone who aspires to a position of leadership, needs to hear. She explains that courage is what makes the difference between being a good manager and an exceptional leader and, just as importantly, it's something that each of us is capable of. And she describes how to locate and nurture that seed of courage within you in order to become the kind of leader who inspires, motivates, and guides their teams, units, or organizations through good times and bad, through adversity and change, effectively and with grace.
But Angela Sebaly doesn't just talk the talk; she walks the walk. Through the stories of some of the thousands of leaders, worldwide, who she has helped become exceptional at what they do, as well as her own experiences as a highly successful business leader and entrepreneur, she zeros in on the specific qualities and skills that every leaderwhether they be a military commander or CEO, a high school principal or branch managermust possess in order to be truly effective. And she arms you with proven strategies and tools for developing those qualities and skills in yourself.
Why settle for being just another good manager when the capacity to be an exceptional leader resides within you waiting to be tapped? Make the choice to read this book and take the first, giant step on your own path to becoming a Courageous Leader.
What does it take to be an exceptional leader? It takes the courage to master not just the big, grandiose problems, but the simple, everyday challenges every leader faces. We all have the capacity to tap into that courage and become exceptional leaders. Find out how in The Courageous Leader.
From the Back Cover
"Courage is the willingness to do something in the face of adversity, fear, and pain. As a result, courage is what separates those of us who want something and those of us who actually achieve it. Courageous leadership is a choice."
THE COURAGEOUS LEADER
"Sebaly writes with unassuming transparency and refreshing authenticity. As a leader working to grow my company, I felt exposed, encouraged, challenged, and inspired. Any leader will find value somewhere among the seven aspects of courageous leadership. For me, the chapters on The Courage to Take a Stand and The Courage to Delegate were transformative."
Dr. Nathan Regier, CEO of Next Element and author of Conflict without Casualties
"Angela has written a courage handbook. The messages from her experienced case studies are as powerful as the dilemma posed by her daughter at the neighborhood chili cook-off. Terms like the feedback trifecta, delegation doom loop and those people complex help define dilemmas facing every effective leader."
Larry Simkins, CEO and Chairman of Washington Companies
"Angela's gift for relating to people and helping them through challenges is what makes this book so important for anyone who wants to be a better leader at work and a better person as a whole. Chock full of stories and practical how to's from her personal life and consulting work."
Midge LaPorte Epstein, Executive Vice President Southwest Affiliate at American Heart Association
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You will fail. You will fall down and scrape your knees, break a bone, and maybe even end up in a body case (metaphorically speaking, of course). There will be pain. Courage is the willingness to do something in the face of fear, discomfort, and pain. As a result, courage is what separates those of us who want something from those of us who achieve it. (xv)
As human beings, we are meaning-making machines. We do not leave the situation [we are in and experiencing] as data. Instead we add meaning, which creates emotion. The emotion we choose [or comes up for us] is based on the meaning we give the situation. Or, said differently, the meaning we give to a situation creates the emotion we feel. (p. 11)
Another honest realization that Sebaly tells us is that being a courageous leader [and I will add team building facilitation] involves pain. Most people will wince at this honest expectation of leadership [and facilitation] development.
The Courageous Leader is about being courageous in tough times. So, what are tough times, and what exactly is courage?
• Tough times are situations or people we encounter that create some level of discomfort or pain.
• Courage is what moves us into action in the face of tough times. (p. 4)
The fear of that pain is what stalls most leaders [and facilitators]. (p. 5)
Each of the main chapters in The Courageous Leader is filled with stories and lessons from Sebaly’s personal experiences as a leader and from the leaders she's worked with and interviewed. Many of the chapters in the book emphasize how courage, along with aspects of "pain" are vital for exponential growth and success.
If you deliver leadership development programs or you have the opportunity to develop leaders within your company, program or school, I recommend The Courageous Leader. It's a smooth engaging read with great take-aways. Not only for the leader in you and others, but for team building facilitators and their awareness of how they can present themselves to their groups.