A Different Kind of Courage

Facing Fear With Vulnerability


What if you didn't have to abolish all fear in order to be courageous? In this post, Tony Bridwell, Partner and Practice Leader for Partners In Leadership, Inc., challenges business leaders to embrace a new definition of courage and model it for their organizations. Tony is the author of The Difference Maker: A Simple Fable About Making a Difference in the Life of Others and The Kingmaker: A Leadership Story of Integrity and Purpose.   


Tony said that courage is the not lack of fear, but the ability to face fear with vulnerability. Did this definition surprise you? When have you experienced this kind of courage?
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Tony defines vulnerability as being fully present in the moment with someone with no guarantee of the outcome. It's one thing to be fully present, but with no guarantee of the outcome? Do you have a hard time being vulnerable? Do you ever associate vulnerability with weakness? Why or why not?
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Tony said that true courage from a leadership perspective comes from our ability and willingness to be vulnerable to those around us. When you look around you, who are some people God might be calling you to be vulnerable with? What might that vulnerability look like?
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Tony said that while a lot of people associate vulnerability with weakness, he thinks showing vulnerability is actually the definition of strength. Share a time when being vulnerable with someone actually made you feel very strong. How did being vulnerable help?
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Tony said that when we’re willing to risk being present and vulnerable with another person, you get close to the idea of absolute love that we’ve been called to. How might your leadership be transformed if you aimed for absolute love instead of power, prestige, and other things that tempt you?
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As a leader, you have the opportunity to make connections with people that impact their lives for all of eternity. Let those connections be ones of vulnerability so that people feel the love and presence of Christ with you.   


This post was taken from the 5-part course, The Difference Maker. To view the entire course, click here

Content for this post and the entire The Difference Maker course was based on Tony Bridwell’s book The Difference Maker: A Simple Fable About Making a Difference in the Life of Others. Find about more about Tony Bridwell, his book, and the difference-making principle here.