What is Moral Courage?
From court rooms, to classrooms, to board rooms, the daily news is filled with examples of lapses in ethical conduct. Most scandals, large or small, corporate or personal, are years in the making. Amid the damage that follows, observers ask, "How did things get this far without anyone standing up to say, 'This is wrong.'? Could well-intentioned people, acting with moral courage, have affected the course of events before things got out of hand?"
Moral courage is the ability to put ethics into action. It means standing up and standing out in defense of principle, even when others are standing aside. Ethical action is more than whistle blowing. It involves daily acts of integrity, carried out with dignity, in which individuals stand up for what is right and encourage others to do the same. This site is devoted to advancing the understanding and practice of moral courage, for the betterment of our lives, our organizations, and the communities in which we live.