Kick-ass leadership (vs. kiss-ass leadership) takes a lot of courage. Great leaders don’t avoid reality, they are willing to face the truth and be 100% authentically themselves. BUT doing so means dealing with the fears of what others will think of us, that we don’t know everything, and that we need to be in control. So, who better to help you do that than Courage Crusade’s very own Courage Coach, Billy Anderson.

Billy’s Top 10 Ways to Be A Kick-Ass Leader:

Leadership Shut Up

1. Shut-up more often

Great leaders ask more questions and give fewer answers. It empowers their team. When a staff member asks you a question, reply with either “What do YOU think?” or “What do YOU want?” They will feel respected, valued, and learn to think more for themselves. They won’t need to come to you as often.

Leadership Oops

2. Admit when you’re wrong

Nothing builds trust quicker than showing vulnerability, and the best way to do this is to admit when you’re wrong. Follow it up with something positive, such as “This is what I’m going to do to avoid making the same mistake again.”

Leadership Don't Know

3. Admit when you don’t know

People are smart. They can tell when you’re faking it or lying and that KILLS your credibility. After you admit you don’t know the answer to something, always show that you have the confidence to FIGURE IT OUT. “You know what? I don’t actually know the answer to that. But I know we can figure it out. Let’s jump into it right now.”

Leadership Confront

4. Address conflict. Immediately.

What doesn’t get spoken out now gets acted out later, derailing productivity and happiness. You need the courage to have those difficult conversations, plus a process to follow to ensure it’s successful. We teach BOTH of these at The Courage Crusade. Tip #1: ask yourself “How might this look from their shoes? What assumptions am I making?”

Leadership Super Powers

5. Use your Superpowers

Most people take for granted what they’re REALLY good at – especially when it comes to soft skills – because they’ve always been good at it. So they assume it’s no big deal. Our clients do this short survey to determine their superpowers: VIA Character Strengths

Leadership Weaknesses

6. Hire for your weaknesses

No matter who you are, there are some things that you are simply NOT good at and don’t care to get better at. You need to compensate for those by hiring people who are REALLY good at that stuff. They’ll be better than you in those areas. If that feels uncomfortable, you need to check your ego.

Leadership Fun

7. Have fun!

We’re all big kids pretending to be adults. We like to play and we like to joke around, and your team is no different. Start your next meeting with a fun, get-to-know-each-other question such as “If you had a time machine, where would you go?” or “If you could live anywhere in the world for one year, where would you pick?”

Leadership Kids

8. Learn from your kids (if you have them)

What makes a good leader is exactly what makes a great parent. What makes you a great parent at home? How could the same approach work in your job? And vice versa: what makes you a great leader at work – how could your parenting benefit from that approach?

Leadership Comfort Zone

9. Get out of your comfort zone

Show me a leader who always has the answers and never makes mistakes, and I’ll show you a company that’s going out of business. The world just ain’t that easy. You need to always be learning, challenging yourself and taking risks. Have you been scared/anxious/nervous at least once this week? If not, you’re on your way to mediocrity and the unemployment line.

Leadership Replace Yourself

10. Aim to be replaced

If you empower your staff to be as good as you are, you’ll have a kick-ass team. And as long as you’re also following #9 above, you’ll continue to improve yourself and won’t actually be replaced because you’ll be too hard to catch up to.


So that’s it. That’s all. Do those 10 things and you’ll be a kick-ass leader. And if you need help, you know where to find us 😉

Get in touch with Billy at sayhi@couragecrusade.com for any questions, or leave any comments below.