FM 6-22 Army Leadership provides the following definition for Moral Courage.
• Moral courage is the willingness to stand firm on values, principles, and convictions.
• It enables all leaders to stand up for what they believe is right, regardless of the consequences.
• Leaders, who take full responsibility for their decisions and actions, even when things go wrong, display moral courage.
“The capacity to overcome the fear of shame and humiliation in order to admit one’s mistakes, to confess a wrong, to
reject evil conformity, to denounce injustice, and also to defy immoral imprudent orders.”
—From “The Mystery of Courage” By William Ian Miller.