Courage is integral to leadership. The link between the two is inseparable. To attempt to lead anyone, without employing courage, will undermine the possibility of the enterprise you hope to lead others in.

Management is another bird entirely. A manager does not a leader make.

I hold an advanced management degree. In graduate school we learned and practiced sophisticated problem-solving techniques. We became proficient using multi-faceted analytic tools such as market, cultural, financial, logistical, and competitive analysis. Most importantly, we developed our abilities at strategic reasoning and planning. In no way is my objective to denigrate management or management education.

Yet, leadership is an altogether different matter.

See, leadership is the visible employment of courage in a way that changes people: their thinking, behavior, and the impacts of those changes.

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at

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