Evidence That It Works
Courage stories can have a positive effect on a community, creating “positive spirals” within organizations, so regularly sharing them can be of value at the workplace. Promoting courage can also help in navigating social and emotional challenges. In fact, greater courage has been linked to using more effective, self-directed coping strategies. Thus, practicing courage can help us deal with the daily challenges we encounter at work with more resilience.
Why Does It Matter?
Researchers and philosophers regard courage as an essential virtue or character strength guiding us to act upon other virtues or values: it can help us be the people we want to be. Moreover, greater courage is related to an enhanced sense of purpose, and a willingness to speak up at work. Speaking up and sharing our experience can catalyze us to lead more purposeful lives and careers with, while standing up for our beliefs.
Courage can also help us embrace our authentic selves, while creating trust among staff. Researchers highlight three characteristics that can lead to trust-building between leaders and employees: authenticity, humility, as well as courage. When we actively model and practice courage in school contexts, we can foster a more positive school climate driven by authenticity and purpose—while promoting positive, trusting relationships among staff members.