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The Red Badge of Courage is the famous book by Stephen Crane that describes Henry Fleming, a young soldier in the Civil War, and his struggle to cope with his fear and terror of war. He envies the wounded soldiers that have faced their fears and wear their blood-soaked bandages as a “red badge of courage.”
The French word courage means “heart and spirit.” Courage isn’t needed only on the battlefield, but also in the boardroom. According to the philosopher Aristotle, courage is the first human virtue because it makes all of the other virtues possible.
Courage can be expressed in the following ways:
Asking for help—revealing your vulnerabilities so you can get the assistance you need. In The Red Badge of Courage, young Union Private Henry Fleming talks to his fellow soldiers about his fears and listens to their experiences and how they coped with the challenges that they faced. Understanding that he was not alone in his fear helped him to develop the courage to face and overcome his fears.
Speaking the unspoken—telling your staff and your bosses the truth they don’t want to face. I wonder how some of our historic scandals, such as Enron and WorldCom situations, would have ended …read more