In my opinion there is one skill required in your career in order to have ongoing success.

Just one I hear you cry?

This one skill is placed above all others and will help you navigate your career setting you up for many a conversation or dilemma.



Courage comes in many forms – it may be those little butterflies you get before asking for that pay rise.  Or the nerves that come before a job interview or announcement. The jitters you get when confronting a colleague or finally handing in your notice.  The commitment to going with a decision you have made and seeing it through even in times of adversity.

What comes with courage is a commitment to the outcome.  Being focussed on the goal or vision and not sidelined by fear.

Courageous people in a business sense can be liked one day for their actions and despised the next.  In a turbulent economy courageous leaders are dragged over the hot coals and yet still they are committed to their cause.  They take full responsibility for their actions and results.

So how can you factor in a dose of courage into your career or business?

Up skill

Be prepared to learn new things and in turn this may support business decisions you have to take.  This could be presentation skills, a technical gap you have or even investing in personal development.

Get a mentor

Have a sounding board that you can bounce ideas around with and use them to add confidence to your career.  Mentors have usually been there and done that and will happily champion your cause.

Have a plan

Working towards a plan with clearly defined goals will give you the backbone you need when you have a little wobble or get caught off track.  Being able to refocus and zone in on what you plan to achieve will help you reset.

Reward your inner lion

When you have achieved something then give yourself a pat on the back.  Celebrate and reward your commitment.

Courageous people realise that putting in extra effort, being proactive and maybe taking risks can provide substantial benefits in the future.  What is the alternative?

To not try something new?

Achievement requires courage.   Go forth.


Sally-Anne Blanshard is the founder and Director of Nourish Coaching and helps people reinvent their careers, businesses and life through structured coaching programs.  She has been featured on TV, Radio and is often quoted in newspapers and magazines.


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