Chapter 26

COURAGE

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

—ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

What is courage? In The Wizard of Oz, the Lion was seeking courage, unaware that he had it inside himself all along. In this chapter, we are going to define courage, understand the role it plays in leadership, and learn how to measure it from four different perspectives. There are many, many definitions of courage; they have a great deal in common, and I offer this one.

Definition: Courage is the quality of the mind or spirit that enables us to face physical or moral difficulty, danger, pain, and other hardships and walk toward and through ...

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