When people think of the word “hero,” many ideas come to mind alongside their examples. Some people might even start mentally visualizing a legend superhero that everyone has grown up to know from the comic videos and films or just a person who is gigantic and has a mask on. Despite all the possible visualizations, a hero is a person who is always determined, undeniable courageous, and incredibly self-less (Allison, Scott and George 75). There different types of heroes; martial heroes, civil heroes, and social heroes. These heroes contribute something to society without looking back. In this paper, I will classify different types of leaders.
Martial heroes are individuals who are bound to a code of conduct where they are trained to safeguard and rescue others from danger. These people usually go beyond the call of duty to serve society (Kinsella et al. 24). A good example would be a soldier and a police officer who goes ahead to face death to venture into the heart of combat to rescue or protect the people. In most situations, these people become selfless to save an injured colleague. This kind of heroism is attributed to bravery as a motivator for the heroes’ actions. In addition, martial heroes include individuals who are trained to manage or control dangerous situations and put themselves at risk for their mandate. Other than a soldier, and police officers, we have firefighters.
Civil heroes are individuals who risk themselves for others. These individuals usually do not have military training to aid them in handling the unfolding situations. These heroes act independently, like in cases of emergency rescue, when an accident has occurred. A civil hero is one who is at the right place and time to help others (Kinsella et al. 24). A good example is civilians helping an accident victim get to the hospital, in other term, a Good Samaritan. In this contemporary world, it is hard to find someone acting out of goodwill to help others without expected any reward.
Social heroes are somehow different from martial and civil heroes because they do not necessarily involve an emergency. Social heroes sacrifice their time, funds, and social status, to serve and promote their community and its value (Kinsella et al. 24). Good examples of social heroes are human activists and whistleblowers. A human activist risks their time and money to protect the rights of people in a given setting. Similarly, a whistleblower risks their life and social status for the sake of the society, or values. These people act with bravery and kindness to enhance the quality of life for others or help those who are suffering in their communities.
Heroes are an important part of society. In this contemporary world, people need heroes who can go beyond the call of duty for the interest of others. That said, the three main types of heroes are martial heroes, civil heroes, and social heroes. Martial heroes risk their lives to protect the people even in the face of death. Examples of martial heroes are like soldiers who put their life on the line to protect their country. Civil heroes respond to situations to offer support, especially in an emergency. Lastly, social heroes risk their time and money to help people who are struggling in their communities. Social heroes include people like an activist.
Allison, Scott T., and George R. Goethals. Heroic leadership: An influence taxonomy of 100 exceptional individuals. Routledge, 2013.
Kinsella, Elaine L., Timothy D. Ritchie, and Eric R. Igou. “A Brief History of Lay and Academic Perspectives.” Handbook of heroism and heroic leadership. Routledge New York, 2016. 18-19.