Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; it’s choosing what’s right over what’s fun, fast or easy; and it’s practicing your values, not just professing them.
Dr Brené Brown
20 years and 400,000 pieces of data have illustrated that across industries and countries, the number one trigger of shame for men and women in the workplace is the fear of irrelevance.
It may sound like: “Am I up to speed?” “Do I have what it takes?” “Am I ready for the future of work?” “Do I need to learn more about AI, VR, machine learning, Agile, the 4th Industrial Revolution?”
No matter how it sounds in your team or organisation (or in your own head), we live and work in environments that make us feel uncertain, at risk, and potentially emotionally exposed – Dr Brown’s definition of vulnerability. This forces us to bunker down and take the path that offers the least amount of risk.
Google Project Aristotle research has found that the #1 predictor of successful teams is psychological safety. So how can leaders create spaces where people are resilient and it’s safe to be brave, take initiative, and innovate? By showing courage and integrity.
The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these courage-building skills through workshops, training, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organisations move from armoured leadership to daring leadership.