How Important is Courage in Leadership?

Michael Chaffee
May 17, 2019 · 5 min read

A single guard stands in front of the Custom House in Boston, Massachusetts. It’s a cold night on March 5, 1770, with snow and ice on the streets. A little after 9:00 in the evening a mob begins forming outside the building. The lone guard is reinforced by eight British soldiers with loaded weapons and bayonets affixed. At some point during the confrontation snowballs and other things are thrown at the soldiers. Words and tensions escalate with calls of “Kill Them! Kill Them!” from the mob and one soldier is knocked to the ground[1]. The soldiers, fearing for their safety, open fire on…