Introduction to David Lynch and his first article – Courage in Leadership

Introduction to David Lynch and his first article – Courage in Leadership

I am delighted that David joined us at Namasté Culture as an L&D Professional of the Highest Order on a short-term contract in the summer, our collaboration worked so well there was no way I could let him leave in the autumn to take his talents elsewhere!

David now shares L&D development and delivery with me, alongside Business Development work to help build on the last 18 months of growth.

We initially met when David attended one of my Stress Management workshops as a delegate representing Headway Cambs. He arrived late and flustered and soon had us all in hysterics with his story of arriving at the wrong venue; his wisdom in reflecting on his response to being lost and my lesson on Locus of Control illustrated David’s ability to reflect in the moment and apply a willingness to learn; he is a real advocate of lifelong learning.

David was invited to attend our 12-month Management Development Programme that started in January 2015, during the programme Headway took the difficult decision to review his position with them, and unfortunately made his role redundant.

Never one to miss an opportunity I met with David and offered him a position with Namasté Culture, providing us a chance to collaborate and test the water of our working relationship.    

Part of David’s role is to write articles and blogs, so I am pleased to introduce David’s first article below, and I am delighted that he saw this as an opportunity to reflect on his learning on the current Management Development Programme.

Courage: cornerstone of great leadership – David Lynch

Great leadership is difficult to define and understand. However, you know a great leader when you’re working with one. I’d like to talk about the importance of courage as a core component to effective leadership and to share some of my own journey in the development of leadership skills.

Aristotle said, ‘Courage is the first virtue that makes all others possible’ highlighting its centrality in the development of a good human being. So, where do we learn to be courageous in our actions and what’s the relevance to good management?

One way is to sign up for a management development programme, which is what I did when I joined a diverse group of managers at Namaste Culture, a training & personal development centre, almost 12 months ago. It took courage to recognise that I needed some expert guidance to reflect on my own management style. It took courage to share my management behaviours with other managers. In exchange, I felt humbled by the open sharing of the other managers and we soon all developed a strong bond that helped us to reveal the soft underbelly of our management styles.

Our collective courage in opting to learn more both about ourselves and about evidence based effective management skills has taken us to another level of understanding about what it means to be a good manager. It was as if the courage became infectious, and we helped each other to explore the painful challenges of managing people. Strictly guarded ground rules around confidentiality encouraged us to be honest and sometimes vulnerable in how we presented ourselves to each other.  In so doing, we were able to discuss what it means to be an effective manager and a good human being. The trust in the group allowed us to acknowledge our worst fears, to affirm each other’s strengths and successes, and forgive each other for our mistakes and limitations.

I think Aristotle would have been proud of us and our courageous engagement in professional and personal development. He may even have shared a tip or two about effective management himself!

David will be delivering a taster session for our Skilful Leaders programme on xxx. To book your place call 01954 267640 or email

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