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Leadership demands courage. You have to make good decisions while balancing inevitable tensions and knowing when to take risks. You need to keep your values in sight regardless of the pressures around you. At its core, leadership is a daily, ongoing practice, a journey toward becoming your best self and inviting others to do the same.

And that's where The Courage Way comes in. It's a guide to leadership that shows how to access and draw upon courage in all that you do. It has its roots in the work of Parker J. Palmer, who in 50 years of teaching, speaking, and writing has explored the human spirit - what he has called "the inner landscape" - and its role in life and leadership.

Shelly Francis identifies key ingredients needed to cultivate courage, the most fundamental being trust - in ourselves and in each other. She describes how to build trust through the Center for Courage & Renewal's Circle of Trust approach, centered around 11 touchstones - poetic and practical operating guidelines for holding the meaningful conversations vital to trust building. Each chapter features true stories of how leaders have overcome challenges and strengthened their organizations through touchstones such as "Extend invitation, not demand"; "No fixing, saving, advising, or correcting"; and "When the going gets rough, turn to wonder".

This graceful and inspiring audiobook is a guide to courageous leadership and a journey of self-discovery. As Francis writes, "Courage is not only in you - it is you. In your moments of courage, that's when you meet your true self."

©2017 Center for Courage & Renewal and Shelly L. Francis (P)2017 Center for Courage & Renewal and Shelly L. Francis

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I am a long-time reader/admirer of Parker Palmer and anything that comes out of the Center for Courage and Renewal, which he founded. So is Shelly Francis, the author, of course. I was really looking forward to this book on tape. Then I started listening. I suppose I could overlook Rainer Maria Rilke's name getting mangled. I cringed when Henry Nouwen came out as "Noowen". There were at least two other mispronunciations and inconsistencies that I have forgotten...except this one: Frederick Buechner (properly pronounced as "Beekner") came out as Boo-k-ner. Very disappointing to have such good content overshadowed by such poor performance.

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Favorite of many

100% Beautiful, Genuine and Powerful for all readers looking to better their self. Easy to follow and put in motion.