In an article entitled, “Courage: The Defining Characteristic of Great Leaders,” Harvard senior Fellow Bill George affirms the need for Courage in Leadership.
Quoting in part, he writes:
“…There are literally thousands of competent managers who can run organizations efficiently using pre-determined operating plans, but few with the courage to transform entire enterprises…”
He concludes his article by referencing the poet Maya Angelou, “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” Boards of directors need to examine their leaders carefully to determine if they have the courage to navigate their organizations through turbulent times while enduring hardship, risk, and criticism to ensure they are building sustainable enterprises.”
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