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Courage Is Easy When There's Nothing on the Line

In his blog, IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, shares his personal reflections and insights on the internal audit profession. Here's an excerpt from his latest post:

Courage is often discussed as a necessary trait for internal auditors, and over the decades countless practitioners have put their livelihoods on the line to bring wrongdoing to light. Like many others, I have long believed that Cynthia Cooper, the former vice president of internal audit at WorldCom, is the model of courage in our profession.

Cooper's story is well known within internal audit and accounting circles, and she is rightly praised and lauded for having the courage to stand up in the face of enormous pressure and adversity to unearth the $3.8 billion fraud.

In her book, Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower, Cooper counsels internal auditors to "find your courage." Courage means many things to many people, so thinking about it and discussing it with others you trust can help you reinforce your moral foundation.

Read the full InternalAuditor.org blog post from IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers.