The Leader

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The essence of true leadership is not found in a position or a task, but in the example of personal transformation on display before others.

The leader is a person who’s been invited into a trial. If they accept the task, they’ll be led into the desert. If they remain there, overtime everything other than love will drop away from them like drops of sweat falling to the sand. This experience is painful, but the result is a life of fertile soil where fruit can grow.

The desert is like a crucible — a place of refinement where impurities are burned away. Though the desert and the crucible are available to everyone, the person who goes in first — without knowing whether the heat will consume them or not — is called the leader.

Leadership is not born on a stage or even in a classroom — it’s developed in the desert and created in the crucible.


Hi, I’m Michael and this is my daily project where I write about diverse ideas.

This is Dose #114.

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