“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
Profile in Courage Awards
Annual award recognizing public officials whose actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership in the spirit of Profiles in Courage, President Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer prize-winning book.
Being willing to listen
Being willing to learn
Courage can mean different things to different people. Sometimes it means going it alone; other times it means ask for help from others. Sometimes it means speaking up; other times it means quieting down and listening. Sometimes it means having the "courage of one's convictions" while other times it means the willingness to re-examine one's convictions.
Courage is usually about doing things differently. Differently than our peers. Differently than our usual way. Sometimes courage is even about trying things differently than what we think is right - the willingness to admit we don't have all the answers, the willingness to admit we might be wrong.
Despite all the different forms courage can take, one thing about courage is nearly always true - we know it when we see it!
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Being a team player
Trying new things
Speaking the truth
Doing what's right, not just convenient
Taking time to reflect
Being willing to change one's mind