References on Leadership and Courage

Kelly Hennigan

While it is true that “actions speak the loudest,” it is always helpful to have references, context or recommendations to fall back on. Many situations that occur in our professional or personal lives also have been experienced by others who often have words of wisdom from which we can learn. Anecdotes from others can be leveraged to support us through challenging circumstances whereby we may need to be brave and summon the courage to act. Here are some books, articles, videos and podcasts that may inspire and encourage your future actions as a fearless leader.


  • Trust and Betrayal in the Workplace: Building Effective Relationships in Your Organization by Dennis Reina, Ph.D. and Michelle Reina, Ph.D.
  • The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Gary Chapman and Paul White




Kelly Hennigan, FSA, CFA, is vice president, head of Investment Operations, at Venerable. She is currently a contributing editor for The Actuary magazine.

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