I wasn’t a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. There is a scene in one of the movies where a dwarf and his friends are confronted with an impossible situation but they knew they had to continue their journey. The character, Gimli, says something like; “No chance of success, sure probability of failure, certain death; what are we waiting for?” I never read the books but the movies sure had some great scenes. Maybe I should watch them again and write down the memorable lines.
Great leaders take action. They have a high standard of values they don’t compromise. When action is called for and it’s the right thing to do, they do it. Many leaders do what is expedient. They look for what is best for themselves. They do what makes them look good and maintain their leadership. They lead by force of personality, not character. These leaders may last a long time, but they usually rotate followers. People don’t follow them for long. If they do it is grudgingly.
Great leaders lead by strength of character. They don’t manipulate, coerce or force their way. They have high values and stick to them. They are cause-oriented, purpose-driven and not self-promoting.
Points to Ponder –
What would you be willing to take a stand for or against – no matter the odds?
How does strength of character differ from strength of personality?
Who do you choose to follow? Why? Ultimately is it a person of character or a person of charisma?
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