Courageous Leadership: A 12 Week Action Plan


Read Chapter 4, Characteristic #8 (Driven)


Schedule Meetings

Yourself (in-depth self-reflection) DOWNLOAD INVITE

Leader you consider especially powerful (Semi-Structured Conversation) DOWNLOAD INVITE 

Your Mentor (Advice, Information, Referral (AIR) Hot Wash) DOWNLOAD INVITE

Identify the best day, time, location & length for these meetings. Send your mentor and leader confirmation emails.



During these 7 days, focus your journaling on your drive and the associated impacts to your daily activities. Please take particular care to capture the emotions, surprises, and new insights you experience and gain.


During these 10 days you may want to focus on the following topics:

  • How driven are you? Do you consider yourself especially driven?

  • How driven should you be to accomplish your goals and objectives?

  • What 2-3 things should I start doing to live a driven life?

  • What 2-3 things should I stop doing to live a driven life?


In your journal, identify the differences between your observed drive and desired drive so that you may begin closing the gaps.


Semi-Structured Conversations

Spend time with yourself (self-reflection) and a leader you consider especially driven. Prior to this conversation, observe the leader and document in your journal, drive you see in their day-to-day actions. At the beginning of the conversation, summarize the philosophy of Courageous Leadership and the Courageous Characteristic of being driven from your own understanding. During the conversation, capture the findings in your journal. Questions might include:

  • Describe a leader you know who is driven. What actions, behaviors or attitudes reflect their drive?

  • How driven are you? 

  • Do you consider yourself particularly driven? How driven should you be to accomplish your goals & objectives?

  • How have you developed drive?

  • What 2-3 things should I start doing to live a driven life?

  • What 2-3 things should I stop doing to live a driven life?

  • How do you maintain your drive along with work, family & self (W•F•S) balance?

  • What suggestions do you have for helping me to develop drive?

  • Do you have recommendations for books or other resources?

  • Do you have a recommendation for a Driven Leader who I should talk to?

Mentor Conversation

When you meet with your mentor discuss-

Advice: What advice does he/she have for you regarding Courageous Drive in general and your level of Courageous Drive specifically.

Information: Ask your mentor for sources of additional information that they have found useful regarding Courageous Drive.

Referrals: Ask who should you speak to further regarding Courageous Drive.

You may also use the questions above.


Culmination Actions

Given the identified gap between your current vision and desired Courageous Drive:

  • Review and, if needed, modify your draft Individual Mission Statement

  • (IMS) to match your current understanding of Courageous Drive.

  • Adjust your life and calendar accordingly to achieve your desired Courageous Drive so that you may fulfill your IMS.

  • Include Courageous Drive in your Individual Development Plan

  • Review and update as needed your T•C•E Alignment and W•F•S Balance

  • Knowledge Measurement: To measure your progress toward your goal of Courageous Leadership proficiency, please measure your levels of knowledge at the end of this 10-day section using the Individual Assessment

Bottom Line Value Creation

Given your recognition that sustained Courageous Drive, balanced with WFS, is often the difference between average and excellent, you are prepared to excel.

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