Here’s a definition I found: “Managerial courage is tactfully dispensing direct and actionable feedback. When you have managerial courage, you deal with people, problems, and situations head-on.”
Another insight: “Courageous leaders are people who are able to push through uncomfortable situations. They are willing to make difficult decisions and do not back down when things get too hard.”
Some things missing from both of these descriptions are “being liked by everyone” or “following popular opinion” or “giving everyone what they want”.
As leaders, we have to make the tough call, we need to tell people no, we need to make choices that will make some people unhappy. If done right and for the right reasons, people will understand. It’s not our job as leaders to make people like us. It’s our job as leaders to lead.