Today's leadership prescription: Read about what Gandhi had to say about COURAGE. Read his quotes once a day for the next week and notice what changes. You see, we learn by listening and absorbing ideas from great minds. That's why quotes are a popular way of gathering information. Repetition is also important for getting good concepts into our own neurology..
Reading these quotes once a day for a week could just help you the next time you have to tell truth to power.
Typically, we associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. Digging deeper, the root of the word is from the Latin word for heart -- cor. Thus, think of it as 'having heart', as in Braveheart.
Yet, for today's leaders it's so much more than facing the opposition and winning at all costs. Here are some other ways to look at courage and how you can make small changes to move your 'courage meter' to new heights.
Author Brene Brown states that "courage also requires inner strength and a level of commitment required to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and our experiences - good and bad."
Speaking from our hearts, in this day of twitter sound bites and short texts is not an easy proposition. It means giving some time to think thorough consequences of actions and not just blurt out negative statements
Here are some quotes from Gandhi that will go right from your brain to your heart where courage lives:
* Happiness is when what you think, say, and do are in harmony
* An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind
* The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong
* First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win
* The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others
* The future depends on what you do today.
* I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet
Bringing these universal thoughts to present time, here's part of an interview with an amazing young woman, Malala Yousafzai with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. She is the young woman who, at age 15, was shot by the Taliban gunman on her way home from school. Now a student at Oxford and the youngest recipient of The Nobel Peace Prize her words show courage in action:
I used to think the Talib would come, and he would kill me. But then I said, 'If he comes what would you do Malala?' then I would reply to myself 'Malala, just take a shoe and hit him."
But then I said, 'if you hit a Taleb with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and then mush harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.
Then I said I will tell him how important education is an that I even want education for your children as well. And then I would tell him, "That is what I want to tell you, now do what you want."
We need more leaders like Gandhi and Malala. We need women who are Gutsy and men who are bold. Who else do you think is an icon of courage in action? And how do you show courage in your daily life?