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Bravery Under Fire
Are you increasing your level of bravery in leadership?
Former Navy SEAL Commander, Rorke Denver, provides key leadership principles around the topic of bravery. You don’t have to be on a battlefield to exhibit bravery, Rorke explains. Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes, and is required in all types of team and leadership situations. Rorke encourages us to find opportunities that help us raise our level of bravery.
One of Rorke’s key insights is that “bravery doesn’t have to be a solo experience. Teamwork makes bravery a lot easier. Surround yourself with brave people and it’s going to help you find your brave place.”
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1. You cannot have brave moments without fear. They are dependent on each other. The response to fear is very basic, to avoid what you fear. But it’s important to immerse yourself in that which you fear. Advance when everything in you tells you to retreat. You will inoculate yourself against fear!
2. Limit your field of view and you’ll see more. A sniper has to deconstruct a hillside and break it into smaller sections to find the target.
3. Make bold corrections. If you only make little corrections, you’ll get little results. Spin the dials on a rifle until you get close to your target, and then you can make minor adjustments.
4. Bravery doesn’t have to be a solo experience. Teamwork makes bravery a lot easier. It’s easier to take a hill when you’re surrounded by brave people. You don’t have to do this utterly alone. Surround yourself with brave people and it’s going to help you find your brave place.
5. Choose your ruck wisely. No matter what size backpack you take, you will fill it. Choose the amount of work you’re going to take on because you will fill it.
6. Find your harmonic gait! When you achieve the position you were designed by God to reach. You have to find this place. It’s worth finding this rhythm as a leader. If you haven’t find it in the job you have now, find another job. This is a gift you give yourself.
7. We’ve set everything up in our lives to avoid pain. Physical pain can transform you into a stronger person. Tearing down a muscle tells cells to attack and rebuild. Do it enough and you build strength. Pain is a growth opportunity. Lean into the pain and you’ll find bravery and leadership strength.
Go find that level of bravery. Advance on fear. If you do that, I assure you as a leader, you’re going to be one of the brave ones.
Commander Rorke T. Denver, founder of Ever Onward, has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and other international hot spots. He starred in the ...
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