I thought I would ease into the Leadership discussion.
The first two areas around leadership to layout are around the following two facts:
1) Leaders need to make difficult decisions in a well thought out and timely manner.
In the picture below, Washington’s decision to cross the Delaware River in a surprise attack changed the course of the war.
2) Leaders need to lead. The statement sounds obvious, but in order for a leader to effectively lead they need to be in a position to do that job.
As you can see in the picture below there is a lot going on. People paddling, someone holding the flag, someone steering the boat, someone pushing away from ice chunks, etc. If Washington had to do all of these jobs, not only would he not have time to lead (direct the boat, think through the impending battle on the other side, etc.), the over all mission would not be very effective.
They say a picture speaks a 1000 words, the picture below speaks volumes on leadership.
“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” – George Washington