This behaviour is about having the professional and personal courage to speak up when it’s the right thing to do, even if you anticipate or experience resistance or opposition.

This, teamed with skills in communicating and influencing others, is important in a range of situations, including making a case for change, taking responsibility for mistakes, and challenging the behaviours of others.

In order to do this effectively, we need to build relationships with others to understand their views, concerns and needs, and decide on the most effective way to communicate with them in order to influence and achieve positive outcomes.


'Professional courage (and influence) for HR, OD and Learning professionals is more critical in a world where the truth, justice and the concept of 'being right' has been distorted and even weaponised.'

'Having the courage to hold lines on ethics, morality and fairness; being on the side of good, virtuous and just outcomes, is vital for HR as a profession.'

'With new challenges brought upon us by advancing digital technologies and new economic, societal and business models; we need courage to challenge both orthodox and emerging; and be positively influential and boldly creative in the future design of the world of work.'

Perry Timms, Founder and Chief Energy Officer - PTHR at People and Transformational HR Ltd


Things to start thinking about

Use these prompts to reflect on your understanding of Professional courage and influence and uncover areas for future professional development.

  1. Reflect on a time when you regretted not speaking up or holding your position. What could do to change a similar situation in the future?

  2. What was the most recent feedback you received about your communication style? How have you used this to improve your impact?

  3. Who are your key stakeholders and when was the last time you spent time understanding their needs and concerns?

Short course: The Art of Influencing

This course gives you practical skills and tools to gain the co-operation of others and bring them around to your way of thinking – without manipulating them. It will boost your effectiveness, professional impact and personal credibility.

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