Each of us has the potential to be individuals of great worth and experience success in our life. I am a firm believer in the concept that a leader is made, not born. Just like anything, it takes significant time and investment to develop a leader to their full capacity. We each have the capability to reach our full potential as leaders if we are willing to put forth the investment. As we aspire to be the best leader we can be, and invoke greatness in others, we must be the ones with conviction, vision, and drive to make great things happen.
I was recently in the classroom of my son (7 years old) and noticed the poem written below at the front of the class. As a parent and professional familiar with the qualities of great leaders, I was excited to see this being instilled into his character.
It Can Be Done
The man who misses all the fun
Is he who says, “It can’t be done.”
In solemn pride he stands aloof
And greets each venture with reproof.
Had he the power he’d efface
The history of the human race.
We’d have no radio or motor cars
No streets lit by electric stars.
No telegraph nor telephone
We’d linger in the age of stone.
The world would sleep if things were run
By men who say, “It can’t be done.”
-William J. Bennett
This poem caught my attention because I am constantly helping my children to become great leaders and learn the skills necessary to be successful in their own lives. While there are many qualities of leadership, the conviction to enjoy the journey and press forward is a great quality to develop and poses.