I do not consider myself to be much of a risk taker. Maybe that is not totally true since I am a small business owner. Unfortunately, not much in life can be accomplished without risk. A risk-free life might feel safe and comfortable, but it may also feel empty and lacking purpose or direction. I cannot think of anybody that I consider successful who has not taken risks. In fact, most have failed multiple times on their path to success. Risk taking is even more important to leaders. As leaders, we must often take the risks that others are not willing to take. We take the risk for the team. Consider these quotes…
"Progress involves risk. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first."
- Frederick Wilcox
"Leaders take risks. That's not to say that they are reckless, because good leaders aren't. But they don't always take the safest route. Rarely can a person break ground and play it safe at the same time."
- John C. Maxwell - The Right to Lead