Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “Character develops itself in the stream of life.”
Leadership, like character, is formed and shaped during times of struggle. Leadership is focused as you battle through adversity. Leadership is confirmed during times of conflict.
When there is a clash of ideas, a disagreement about how to move forward or dispute concerning how to work a plan leadership is what shines through. A leader is no stranger to tensions and struggles. As distasteful as conflict and clashes can be leaders know this is their finest moment; it is a moment of focus, clarity and a moment when they get to make clear their vision.
Helen Keller said, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
Like character, leadership needs the tough experiences of life to strengthen resolve and clarify vision. Leadership takes you through the messiness of interpersonal struggles and helps you work through other people’s agendas.
Leadership perseveres – leadership relies on wisdom and insight – leadership is compassionate – leadership seeks to understand people and strives to form godly compromises without comprising the purity of the vision or dream.
James 1: 2 – 4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”