There is no question that leadership is something that we develop daily and not in a day. At a time in our culture where our collective patience is low and our need for instant convenience is high, will our leadership suffer?
Often, we want people to make changes in Washington or in our hometown – or in our own lives – but we don’t want the burden of those changes to fall on our shoulders. I wonder how growth can happen if we spend most of our time trying to avoid growing pains?
We were born imperfect humans but we expect ourselves and those around us, and more importantly, those we associate with to be totally perfect. There are many negatives to this kind of thought process but one important result is our impact on leadership that we need to continuously develop.
Our complete want of instant gratification and our desire for no pain will create a generation of potential leaders with little strength. If strength in leadership does happen to develop, often our electorate will thwart any leadership decisions that cause us pain.
There is an old saying, the champions don’t become champions in the ring. They are only recognized in the ring. Leadership develops over time through daily action. Nobody is perfect, including myself, but I hope that in my life that I can continue to develop my own sense of personal leadership. This includes forgiving others and myself and continuing to find ways to make my tiny space here on this beautiful planet a better place.
I hope that we can find our way and continue to help those around us, to move forward daily, accept the challenges that are in front of us, and continue to live our lives like each hour mattered most.