Moral courage is, of course, a prime qualification, but there are often misapprehensions as to when it is shown. The thing that takes courage is to make a decision or take a position which may react seriously in some way upon the one who makes or takes it. It requires no courage to incur disapproval, unless those who disapprove have the desire and power to cause such a result. I can well remember the time when it was a dangerous thing to incur the displeasure of the bankers, but there has been no danger in this since 1932. It became a greater danger to incur the displeasure of farm or labor organizations. There is nothing more important than to curb abuse of power, wherever it may reside; and power is always subject to abuse. . . .
~ James F. Bender, The Technique of Executive Leadership (1950)