“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross
Our efforts in leading often have us trying to avoid or overcome the difficulties of life. I am not one who, personally, enjoys or anticipates the struggles, sufferings, and loss that can accompany life.
However, there is comfort in knowing there is a way out of these depths, and finding our way out brings a purifying process drawing us closer to God and stronger in our leadership.
Leaders must be able to appreciate the value of these challenges in life, developing a sensitivity and understanding that displays a compassionate and loving spirit.
When we demonstrate this type of concern for others, we are exemplifying a Christlike character that must be the foundation of our leadership.