Emotional courage is an essential work skill. Here’s how to burnish yours.
“Emotional courage enables us to do what we know, what we believe or what we think needs to be done,” says Peter Bregman, the CEO of Bregman Partners, a New York-based global management consulting firm that advises CEOs and their leadership teams. The author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done spoke to Life Reimagined about the concept of emotional courage and its role in the workplace.
What is emotional courage?
“It’s the difference between knowing what to do and doing it. It’s the leap we have to take when we see a need, have a desire or notice an opportunity, but there’s some emotional barrier preventing us from following through on it. Maybe it’s embarrassing to speak up for some reason. Maybe there’s an elephant in the room, but it’s countercultural to voice it.”
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