The Courage Way – Leading and Living with Integrity

The Courage Way
288 Pages
ISBN 978-1626567757

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 fifty 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 eleven "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 book 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."

Shelly L. Francis

About Shelly L. Francis (Seattle, Washington Author)

Shelly L. Francis

Shelly L. Francis formerly directed trade marketing and publicity for multi-media publisher Sounds True, Inc.

Her career has spanned international program management, web design, corporate communications, trade journals, and software manuals. The common thread throughout her career has been bringing to light best-kept secrets — technology, services, resources, ideas — while bringing people together to facilitate collective impact and good work.

Shelly is author of Damocles’ Wife, her memoir and resource on cancer caregiving and long-term survival.

Center for Courage & Renewal

About Center for Courage & Renewal (Co-Author)

Center for Courage & Renewal

The Center for Courage & Renewal is a nonprofit organization that works to create a more just, compassionate, and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. Founded in 1997 by author, activist, and educator Parker J. Palmer, the Center’s approach was initially created to renew and sustain educators, and today brings the Circle of Trust® approach to individuals, organizations, and communities across a range of professions.

Through its network of nearly three hundred Courage & Renewal facilitators across the globe, the Center offers online resources and in-person retreats and programs, including facilitator-led retreats, workshops, team coaching, customized consulting, speaking presentations, and program series. It's main office is in Seattle, Washington. Visit to find a program or facilitator near you.