Courage and Leadership in Times of Challenge – Episode 7

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You don’t have to have a team or staff to be a leader. You don’t have to do crazy brave stuff to be courageous, and how exactly do you push past your comfort zone? We discuss this and more in this episode of the #UpYourBrave livestream series.  I’m thrilled to have three awesome guests to share their insights and tips on Courage and Leadership in times of Challenge. Together we’re aiming to raise the state of resilience, health and happiness on a global level.

Jess Stuart is an author, coach and international speaker who empowers people to be their best. Jess is now an author of three personal development books, and presents on specialist subjects including resilience, mindfulness, mind-set, productivity, imposter syndrome and leadership.

You can find Jess here: mentions how important meditation is for her, and an app she uses is:  

 In this episode Jess mentions:

  • There’s two sides of potential – the belief that we have potential, and the energy to deliver on that potential which is where the resilience, self care and time for us comes in.  So when we understand the two sides of that coin we’re better able to achieve our potential, and that helps us in the leadership space.  
  • When things change there’s the option of resisting it, or accepting it and going with the flow. Either way we need to step outside our comfort zone to do that. People worry about failing or making the wrong choice.  But when you get outside your comfort zone, either you’ll succeed or you’ll fail and learn something that’ll help you succeed. 
  • Flipping the narrative of failure being the end of the road to being a stepping stone to success can lead to feeling more courageous and less fearful.  Then we get into a loop – the more we get out of our comfort zone, the more we’re able to prove ourselves and our competence, and in turn gain confidence.  We only get that through taking risks and getting outside our comfort zone.  This has to align with the risk though – do your research, crunch the numbers to make sure the risk that you’re taking is sensible and in line with your skills and purpose. That might mean you need to make a hard decision, but that takes courage as well.   

William Pike is an inspirational speaker, kiwi explorer, successful entrepreneur and father of two.  Having inspired audiences throughout New Zealand and overseas, William delivers relatable messages that challenge audiences to step outside their comfort zone to achieve their absolute best. William is also the director of a nationwide school programme that develops essential life skills called the William Pike Challenge.

You can find William here: and

In this episode William mentions:

  • Whether you’re trying to create change for yourself, dealing with challenges, leading yourself or others you need to step outside your comfort zone. To be comfortable being uncomfortable there’s a few things that need to be lined up:  
    • Be super clear on your purpose
    • Build a strong team/strong whanau around you 
    • Never underestimate yourself – we’re so much more capable than we ever imagined.  It’s about turning that fear into courage.

Lorraine Hamilton PCC is a Professional Certified Coach, author, speaker and CEO of Coach School.  She helps ambitious professionals to become legendary leaders, so they can make a living from making a difference.  Lorraine is also a ‘recovering engineer’, Scottish Kiwi, and mother of two teenage girls who knows from first-hand experience and thousands of coaching hours that Legendary Leadership starts with personal leadership.  Lorraine has created frameworks that have led to award-winning company culture, supported C-level executives to become better leaders, and taught business owners how to get the best from their staff by managing themselves first, before looking to lead others. And more people than you might think have hired her because of her multi-coloured hair! 

You can find Lorraine here: and

In this episode Lorraine mentions:

  • We need to be able to lead ourselves before we lead others. Legendary leaders need to lean into their own discomfort, and that takes courage, because leaders are pioneers and there’s no roadmap for things that have not been done before. And that can be uncomfortable.  Understand your stress indicators, and then have tools to be able to deal with that. When you’re operating from that calmer place you can better lead.
  • Know your purpose and your values – it gives you clarity around making tough decisions.
  • Good leadership is about creating an environment for everyone to be their best and  Lorraine talks about her own journey into leadership.  When you understand what people’s motivators are you can then create that environment where they can succeed.  If you succeed, that builds confidence and in turn more success and it just keeps growing. 

Natalie Cutler-Welsh is your host, speaker, author, Impact Entrepreneur and mother of 3. Aka the Go to Girl and the Up Your Brave Mentor, Nat helps people to Amplify their Impact, business and wellness with her Amplify Membership and Essential Oils.

In this episode Nat mentions:

  • If you’re finding it hard with your courage and leadership, reflect on your resilience and a time in the past where you did persevere through either a chosen challenge or a challenge that was presented to you, and use that connection and courage to move forward. 
  • We have to stay true to what we’re about and stay strong to make the decisions that will truly serve us. 

This is one of the #UpYourBrave livestream series designed to help raise the state of resilience, health and happiness on a global level.

You can find Nat here: You can also check out the other videos in the #UpYourBrave series here:

You can also find more recommended tools and resources here.