To lead with heart and backbone, you need courage. Without courage, a leader is limited. Courage to show up, step in, and stand up for a cause or a vision. For this reason, leadership is not for the faint of heart. A leader needs courage to look ahead and see what’s coming, even if it’s difficult. A leader needs courage to advocate for a cause or differences. But most of all, a leader needs courage to take risks—to take a chance on options that others may not have had the courage to do. This kind of courage is what sets great leaders apart from mediocre leaders.