“Forty percent of bullies are women, and when women are bullies, they choose women as targets 71% of the time. Sadly, when the bully finds his or her target, the target pays with his or her job.” – Dr Gary Namie
Dr. Gary Namie started The Workplace Bullying Institute in 1998 after his wife, Ruth, experienced bullying firsthand at the hands of a female supervisor. That sour experience prompted their research into bullying to support the passage of laws to curtail workplace abuses. In fact, they say the need is even greater today since their research shows that women are now being bullied by other women 80% of the time, a 9% increase in six years.
You may recall this week’s return guest as a living example of the Girls Trek Too mission: “to inspire women to live life as an adventure.” Sandra Ford Walston does that every day as America’s Courage Expert, and I’m grateful she has returned to share more of her tips on courageous living. Sandra is the author of the bestseller Courage: The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman. She’s a speaker, trainer, and coach who has helped thousands, from individuals to Fortune 500 Companies, move from StuckThinking™ into courageous leadership. This week she shares with us a list of 12 ways to embrace and express the courage we all carry within us:
12 Things to Love About Courage
By Sandra Ford Walston
“Courage can’t see around corners, but goes around them anyway.”
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
Everyone can learn to practice courage regardless of career or position. It does not matter if you are a sales associate, graphic designer, project manager, photographer, accountant, administrative assistant, CEO, entrepreneur, journalist, construction worker, electrician, mechanic or stockbroker – you can learn to manifest courage in your work.
Since the Girls Trek Too mission is to inspire women to live life as an adventure, I was excited when America’s Courage Expert agreed to share her wisdom with us. Please welcome Sandra Ford Walston, author of the bestselling book Courage: The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman. Sandra is a speaker, trainer, and coach who has helped thousands, from individuals to Fortune 500 Companies, move from StuckThinking™ into courageous leadership. Here are a few of her thoughts on how we can let go of fear-based thinking and experience the power of everyday courage in our lives:
Courage in the Midst of Fear
By Sandra Ford Walston
Root of Courage
One of the four cardinal virtues of the Classical world, courage has diminished in importance in these postmodern times as most people equate this important virtue with acts of bravado in the face of fear. By limiting courage in this way, we fail to perceive the courageous aspects of exploring new ideas for a project, breaking from consensus, transcending rejection, or initiating progress in the face of complacency.