She notes that moral courage takes different forms in the battlefield and in the boardroom. "In the civilian workplace, moral courage means you know when to speak up and stand up for something you feel strongly about. It means taking a risk, and thinking outside the box, when the easy and safe thing is not the right thing for the company or client."
Lederman adds that moral courage can produce corporate benefits. "It is the courage that leads to the next innovative idea," she says. "It can be the difference between a solid brand with customer goodwill and a lawsuit."
Whether candidates have honed these skills in the military or in the corporate ranks, hiring managers need to identify and assess those attributes that are vital to successful leadership at their company.
Abano was emphatic: "You can't just do the job; it's always more than that. You have to do what's right. If you don't have a person with moral courage balanced with compassion, you're just going to get someone who is going to punch a card, get along, and go home--and that's not the makeup of today's leader."
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