1. Courage begins with an inward battle. Courage isn't an absence of fear. It's doing what you are afraid to do.
2. Courage is making things right, not just smoothing them over. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
3. Courage in a leader inspires commitment from followers. "Courage is contagious," says evangelist Billy Graham. "When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened." Courage by a leader inspires.
4. Your life expands in proportion to your courage. Roman historian Tacitus said, "The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise." But courage opens doors, and that's one of its most wonderful benefits.