Leading with courage

The courage of leadship

The courage of leadship

Often I am perplexed at how much those of us in positions of influence (structurally speaking) miss the mark in terms of what the art of leadership is especially in direct comparison to those without the formal positions of influence.

As often mentioned, I am firm a believer in leadership being a state of being rather than what we do. In other words who we are comes before what we do. It is in the moments when the formal power layers have been taken off that we see the real person. Sometimes the titles we are formally given make us not be who we are and thus rob the world of an opportunity to experience the greatness we are.

One thing I have come to appreciate is that leadership begins with the heart. A heart that is consistent in allowing the leader to live steadily while moving among the team. A heart that is contrite enough to allow humility and willingness to show humanity regardless of who witnesses it. A type of heart that is courageous enough to chart the right path without shrinking from doing the right thing.

A leader should be able to communicate his/her convictions regardless of what the implications. We have many great examples of those who led with conviction (our very own Madiba, Ghandi, Marcus Garvey, Patrice Lumumba, Martin Luther King and others are often referred to in this context).

They are committed to a course regardless of how unpopular that may be. And finally they are totally captivated by what they believe in so much so that it matters not if that survives them (being ready to die for an idea that will live than live for an idea that will die).

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About Tebogo Molapisane

I specialize in talent management with a sole purpose of producing leaders in all areas I'm involved in at the same time turning work groups into high performance teams. I have worked in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Insurance, Retail Banking, Mass Affluent and Private Banking, Banking Operations and Retail Financial Services. I choose the method of executive coaching to co-create and implement within the teams I have led. A graduate of the University of Cape Town, I further studied Gordon Institite of Business Science as well as Rotterdam School of Business, The Netherlands.

4 responses to “Leading with courage”

  1. Sharon says :

    “Who we are comes before what we do”. I really like this quote of yours. A passion is formed by our knowing who we are and what motivates us to “do”. Jesus Christ is my passion and what I have filled my heart with, His holy Word, comes pouring out of my heart when I speak and write. I know who I am in Him and He is my motivation to make His name known in all the world — starting in my little portion of it. Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I appreciate that and have enjoyed reading some of your articles. God bless your endeavors.

  2. KeziaConsulting says :

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Insights on leadership…

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