When we think of the word courage, we often think of “break into battle” types of scenarios.
We can envision someone facing danger or difficulty with strength, commitment and confidence.
We can think of words like bravery, perseverance, strength, fortitude and grit.
But there’s another kind of courage that some people actually mistake for weakness: the courage to admit failure or mistake, the courage to acknowledge a wrong-doing, the courage to accept circumstances beyond one’s control, and the courage to apologize when an apology is warranted.
Quiet courage isn’t always easy, because those who shout loudest and who demand the spotlight will surely get it.
In a world of bigger-faster-louder, we need leaders who have the courage to go about their work in a humble, service-oriented way. Leaders who know that it is more important to shine the light on others, rather than demand the spotlight for themselves.
Accolades, awards, recognition and appreciation are wonderful. But they should be the result, not the goal. It takes the courageous soul to accept and recognize that because, after all, we’re human: we like to be rewarded and recognized for the good that we do.
I’ll end with a quote from Mary Anne Radmacher:
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
There was a conversation in another thread
Where an apology was expected but instead it was chest thumping.