“The ultimate test of leadership is not the polls you take, but the risks you take. In the short run, some risks prove overwhelming. Political courage can be self-defeating. But the greatest defeat of all would be to live without courage, for that would hardly be living at all.” – Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford passed away Tuesday. I think he had a clear understanding of leadership. He understood it by going through the different gauntlets of his life. His adversity shaped him and helped him to lead.
We may prematurely want the pain of our circumstance to go away. What if we could see them as an opportunity in our life. Perhaps the unpleasantries and hard things would shape and stretch us towards making new decisions and thinking new thoughts. That’s where leadership begins. Thanks for the clarity, Gerald Ford.