Compassion in the most literal sense, roots back from the latin word misericordia, and that translates itself to mercy. But compassion has evolved. The idea of compassion is more than just empathy. It does not only mean to be merciful. And no longer does it mean to have pity on others. Compassion is a natural feeling of wanting to help. Understanding the situation in front of you, and then being able to act for advancement and progress.
To be courageous, and attaining the " Human Courage of Business ", you need to know that compassion means rejoicing. That in the business world, you are able to have substance in your words. And may those words be encouraging. Note the "courage" tones to encouragement.
That your actions, along with your words, are not only acceptable, but that they may benefit the purpose. And that your purpose is aligned to helping the most amount of people. That your intentions are filled with merit, and that it just goes beyond the bottom line. Compassionate leaders understand the "long game". And to be honest, life is cyclical, therefore, so should be your business. Which is another reason to be compassionate with your people.
And being compassionate with others means being compassionate with yourself first. Being able to take care of "you" is the only way "you" can take care of others. Therefore, ensure you have given yourself the ability to contribute with you own body and mind. And that your business, which is a mini society, is thriving through the right channels.
We evolve as a race, culture, species, or whatever vernacular you wish to use. But either way, we are all human. And the way you build courage, is building compassion. Because this shows that a leader has the ability to act on empathy and/or sympathy. So, have the courage to start anew and build good habits. Begin developing compassion and practice it, because every good feeling can become even greater.
So be compassionate. For a compassion life breeds sustainable relationships. And that itself allows you to be courageous.