Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Courage Way: Leading and Living with Integrity

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Book Review - The Courage Way: Leading and Living with Integrity

The Courage Way: Leading and Living with Integrity

About the Book
Leadership demands courage. You have to make good decisions while balancing inevitable tensions and knowing when to take risks. You need to keep your values in sight regardless of the pressures around you. At its core, leadership is a daily, ongoing practice, a journey toward becoming your best self and inviting others to do the same.

And that's where The Courage Way comes in. It's a guide to leadership that shows how to access and draw upon courage in all that you do. It has its roots in the work of Parker J. Palmer, who in fifty years of teaching, speaking, and writing has explored the human spirit--what he has called "the inner landscape"--and its role in life and leadership.

Shelly Francis identifies key ingredients needed to cultivate courage, the most fundamental being trust--in ourselves and in each other. She describes how to build trust through the Center for Courage & Renewal's Circle of Trust approach, centered around eleven "touchstones," poetic and practical operating guidelines for holding the meaningful conversations vital to trust building. Each chapter features true stories of how leaders have overcome challenges and strengthened their organizations through touchstones such as "Extend invitation, not demand"; "No fixing, saving, advising, or correcting"; and "When the going gets rough, turn to wonder."

My Take on the Book
I am always interested in finding amazing books that can help me become a stronger leader and this book was definitely one that I have taken so much out of thus far. I have actually gone back through this for the second time to learn even more. What is so great about this book is that it is a truthful account of how you can turn around the relationships that you have with others and work to build authentic relationships with those around you. As you read this you see that this book is filled with a ton of tools, stories and ideas that will help you to create a strong vision as well as assist you in leading with courage, humor, kindness and more. This book really helps you find your inner strength that will help you become a stronger and better leader.

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