“Jim Detert has produced an insightful, practical book on overcoming fear. Whether you sit at the top, middle, or bottom of an organization, Choosing Courage will help you find the nerve to stand up for your principles and build the skills to drive change.”
—Adam Grant
New York Times bestselling author, Think Again and Originals; host, TED podcast WorkLife with Adam Grant
“No one else writes as authoritatively and compassionately as Jim Detert about what it means and what it takes to speak up about what really matters. Whether you’re working at your first job or running a company, this inspiring book will help you make a difference.”
—Amy C. Edmondson
Professor, Harvard Business School; author, The Fearless Organization
“Jim Detert has zeroed in on arguably the most critical conundrum in the workplace today. The everyday environment demands more personal courage than ever before while, at the same time, it makes it more difficult than ever to exhibit the courage required to navigate all the challenges of the day. Detert helps us find our way. Well done!”
—Douglas R. Conant
New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, The Blueprint; founder, ConantLeadership; former President and CEO, Campbell Soup Company

Meet Jim

Jim is the John L. Colley Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and a Professor of Public Policy at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, both at the University of Virginia. His writing on workplace courage and related topics is grounded in decades of formal research and brought to life based on intimate portraits of leaders and ordinary people he’s come to know personally. Jim thrives on empowering people to have difficult conversations, engage rather than avoid challenging situations, and competently embrace other opportunities for courageous action in their own lives and workplaces.
about jim
Courage isn't a character trait that only a few possess; it’s a virtue developed through practice.