Odysseus Conquers His Fears
Odysseus and his men were very terrified but Odysseus answered the Cyclops overcoming their fears. The text saying "Our spirits fell at his words, in terror at his loud voice and monstrous size. Nevertheless I answered him..."
Odysseus is a Great Leader
Odysseus knew how to motivate his men and fight for freedom. "I thrust the stake into the depth of the ashes to heat it, and inspired my men with encouraging words...". A good leader also studies the enemy and plans a method of attack and in this case, their escape. a leader doesn't just rush in headstrong without thinking. "Then I formed a courageous plan to steal up to him, draw my sharp sword, and feeling for the place where the midriff supports the liver, stab him there. But the next thought checked me."
Odysseus Uses His Strength
Odysseus relied on his strength. He was an experienced sailor and soldier. If he was going to survive and help the others survive they would have to remain strong emotionally and physically. "They held the sharpened olivewood stake, and thrust it into his eye, while I threw my weight on the end, and twisted it round and round. . ."