Walt Wisdom - Lessons in Leadership


"Courage is the main quality of leadership. . ." ~ Walt Disney

Over the past few weeks, I've been putting a great deal of thought into what makes a leader.  At times of crisis and difficulty, the legacy of a leader is defined.  When faced with challenges, it's not always easy to make the right decision because sometimes what's right is not always popular - and what's popular is not always right.

Walt Disney shares with us the idea that courage is not only a defining ingredient of leadership, but that it's in fact the main quality.  In the world that we live in today, it's even more challenging for leaders to muster the courage they require.  Social media has made it easy for others to judge, persecute, and publicly shame from a distance.  Rumors, lies, and purely cruel statements can be "shared" and "liked" with a simple click of a button.

Imagine what it must feel like to be a leader facing a difficult challenge?  Too often we forget that at the end of the day, we're all on the same team.  Whether the leader is trying to build a stronger nation, a better state, or improve the quality of education, we can often find similarity in our goals.  This doesn't mean that we won't ever disagree with leaders.  In fact, it's healthy and vital that disagreements occur to facilitate the decision making process and force leaders to think outside the box.  However, when the opinions have been heard, all of the ramifications have been weighed, and a decision has been reached, it's time to come together once again.  Being a leader isn't always easy, but with the right amount of courage, challenges can be faced and progress can be made.

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