Taylor Radke

Throughout the entire series, Harry Potter showed exceptional leadership through his bravery and courage. Harry was always incredibly fearless no matter what obstacles he was facing. He was brave enough to rescue the Sorcerer's Stone, fight a Basilisk snake, compete in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, and face Voldemort himself, just to name a few.  

This quotation by Bethany Hamilton really captures the essence of courage, and I really couldn't say it better myself. If you don't know, Bethany Hamilton is a professional surfer who was involved in a shark attack that resulted in the loss of her arm. Bethany did not let this incident stop her from doing what she loves; She was brave enough to overcome the struggles and frustration by facing her fears.

When I think of courage, I always thing of this episode of Grey's Anatomy, where there was a hospital shooter who is seeking to avenge his wife who died here. He shoots Merideth's husband, Derek, who is on the operation table. Merideth's best friend Christina is operating on Derek's heart when the shooter comes in the OR and tells them to stop. Christina is courageous because although the shooter is pointing his gun at her, she continues with the surgery. Owen (the red-haired doctor) shows courage when he lunges at the shooter to try and stop him, but he is shot as a result. Both of the doctors who are operating show courage when they stop operating until the shooter finally leaves; you have to be brave to try and pull the wool over an angry man's eyes.

The Lion looks for courage in the Wizard of Oz. He does not show leadership qualities throughout the movie because of his lack of courage.

Nelson Mandela is perhaps one of the most courageous people in history. He was a great leader because of his courage; he never resorted to violence to solve problems. In his speech from the Dock, he said, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Mandela was a man who was willing to die for what he believed in, which of course takes a lot of bravery and courage.

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