Holding the Space for Courage
As a leader you hold the space for courage. It can be physical through standing up or cognitive by staying with a difficult conversation laced with conflict when you feel like fleeing. The space can grow over time or diminish depending on the environment and circumstances. Regardless, the leader is the one who claims the space for themselves and others just as a mountain lake claims space in the landscape.
Holding hands with courage
"Courage is about facing your fears which makes it universal, and it’s not just fear of ostracization, being bothered, being put down, fear of pissing off the Dean - there is also physical fear."
The courageous leader has to be able to stand alone. They might be the only one in the discussion to hold a different position and are willing to go against the group decision.
you just have to
The participants described situations where they felt fear, vulnerability, trepidation and emotional anxiety. The situation felt like a personal threat. They said they had no choice - they had to act but the stakes were high