the world needs leaders

who cannot be bought;

whose word is their promise;

who put character above wealth;

who possess opinions and a will;

who are larger than their vocations;

who do not hesitate to take chances;

who will not lose their individuality in a crowd;

who will be honest in small things as well as in great things;

who will make no compromise with wrong;

whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires;

who will not say they do it “because everybody else does it”;

who are true to their friends through good report and

evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity;

who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success;

who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular, who can say no with emphasis, although the rest of the world says yes.

Leading the Way by Paul Borthwick, Navpress, 1989, pp. 19-20

I work with some of the most amazing leaders I have ever known.  Our goal is to create an environment where “iron sharpens iron”.  We have delt with some very difficult issues with each other and those which we lead.  The above reminder by Paul Borthwick which I read as our “Good Word” yesterday in our weekly meeting stopped all of us and reminded us of our responsability as leaders.