We need courage in many different kinds of conversations. Typical examples include handling conflict, confronting a co-worker, expressing an unpopular idea on a team, asking for a favor, saying no to a request for a favor, asking for a raise or trying to have a conversation with someone who is avoiding you.
Many women find such “courageous conversations” challenging. Some reasons that I have heard women give for this include:
- Fear of hurting the relationship
- Discomfort with conflict
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