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Each of us experiences fear in certain situations. It might be speaking in front of a group, firing someone, taking a test, standing up to the boss, or a million and one other situations. With courage, your personal fears can be taken in stride and overcoming them can add to your life, rather than detracting from it. As Churchill said, there is no more exhilarating feeling in life than to be shot at without result.
Churchill, Napoleon and Kennedy are among many great leaders who considered courage of vital importance. In fact, Churchill said, “Courage is the foremost of all virtues, for on it all others depend.” Kennedy wrote a book entitled Profiles in Courage, in which he detailed the actions of brave individuals who stood up for what is right. He himself demonstrated enormous personal courage during World War II after the PT boat he commanded was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. He swam six miles in the Pacific Ocean, dragging a badly-burned man to safety. Kennedy continued to show courageous leadership until his untimely death.
Napoleon also valued courage above all other virtues and commented, when looking for new commanders or troops, “Give me a man who has undergone baptism by fire.” Such men have faced their worst fears and overcome them. True leadership can never be fully tested under easy conditions. When things are going well, when the economy is good, when sales are up, any
fool can sit on a white horse at the head of the army and take credit for success.
Courage is almost always born from resilience under adverse conditions. When all hell breaks loose, which, as sure as night turns to day, it someday will, it is then that true leaders emerge from the pack. It is the ability to perform under fire that will mold and develop your character into
the stuff of which Legendary Leaders are made. In times of peace, Lincoln and Churchill were average at best. In adversity, they became icons of courage and character.