What it takes to excel goes far beyond the daily work a job entails. It's about having the courage to be who you are, stand up for what you believe in, overcome great adversity, and make the world better in a way that is uniquely yours. Here are four executives who have done just that.

Create a Ripple Effect: JPMorgan's Stacey Friedman
Be Like a Puffer Fish: Barclays' Barbara Byrne
Have the Courage to Believe: BBVA's Rosilyn Houston
Power Through Adversity: First United's Karen Glenn

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