Courageous Leadership: A 12 Week Action Plan


Read Chapter 4, Characteristic #1 (Principled)


Schedule Meetings

Yourself (Semi-Structured Conversation) DOWNLOAD INVITE

Your Significant Other (Semi-Structured Conversation DOWNLOAD INVITE

Leader you consider especially Principled (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 seven days, focus your journaling on your Principles. Identify & capture the Principles that are important to you. Likewise, journal about the Principles of the people with which you will have semi-structured conversations. As you journal, take particular care to capture the emotions, surprises, and new insights you experience and gain. As you

begin consciously living the Principles you have drafted, journal your observed actions executing those Principles. In your journal, verbally identify the differences between your observed Principles and desired Principles so that you may begin closing the gaps. During these seven days, you may want to focus on the following topics.

  • What Principles are important to you?

  • What principles should you subscribe to as a leader?

  • What principles do you feel are important to your family and work organization?

  • What were the principles of the best person you ever worked for?

  • What were the principles of the worst person you ever worked for?


Semi-Structured Conversations

Spend time with yourself, your significant other, a leader you consider especially Principled. Prior to these conversations, observe each person and document in your journal, Principles you see in their day-to-day actions. At the beginning of the

conversations, summarize the philosophy of Courageous Leadership and the Courageous Characteristic of being Principled from your own understanding. During the conversation, capture the findings in your journal.


Questions for these conversations might include:

  • What principles do you see me exhibiting?

  • What principles should I focus on developing?

  • What principles do you subscribe to as a leader?

  • What principles do you feel are important to your family and work organization?

  • What were the principles of the best person you ever worked for?

  • What were the principles of the worst person you ever worked for? 

  • What suggestions do you have for helping me identify & live by my principles?

  • Do you have recommendations for books or other resources?

  • Do you have a recommendation for a Principled Leader that I should talk to?

Mentor Conversation

When you meet with your mentor discuss-

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

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

Referrals: Ask who should you speak to further about Principles.

You may also use the questions identified above.

Individual Mission Statement (IMS)

Draft your Individual Mission Statement (IMS) as a simple document that collects and communicates information regarding what you intend to do with your life. This document is literally going to serve as the guiding text upon which you choose to live your life from this point forward. 



Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Please update your IDP based on input received or goals established. 


Knowledge Measurement

To measure your progress toward your goal of Courageous Leadership proficiency, please measure your levels of knowledge at the end of this10-day section using the assessment: INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT

Bottom Line Value Creation

Now that you have captured your Principles in an Individual Mission Statement, you have a guidepost upon which you can direct your personal and professional life and also use to guide the remainder of your 12 week development.

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