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The Fight Within: Leadership Traits

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

While amending the Articles of Confederation, George W. Washington understood the lessons of our past while moving forward with change. He held firm in his ideals and decisions, yet remained open and able to compromise.

Abraham Lincoln stated the "paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery." However, Lincoln allowed this early goal to evolve. With fearless decisiveness, he redirected his fight and argued that the basis of the nation formed in 1776 was "dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equally."

Susan B. Anthony was arrested in 1872 for voting, this was her fight. Not only did she dare to spark a radical movement, but she effectively lead that movement up until her death in 1906. Her pursuit was long and full of loss, but defeat did not hinder her. She led vigilantly, she was proactive, she was bold.

Leaders like those before us have had great strengths, seemingly tailored to the individual. Though areas of strength differ, one core trait leaders have is fight. The belief in something so strongly that no amount of loss can deter, change does not frighten, and time does not hinder the sureness held within.

Today is a day of patriotic celebration and remembrance. A day to rejoice and reflect upon the accomplishments of great leaders before us and their strife towards bettering our dearly beloved, The United States of America. Do you posses a belief so strong, you are willing to risk loss and resistance along your journey towards success? What are strengths you embody? How can these be effectively utilized in a leadership role? We all have a little fight within, what is yours? And finally, most importantly, what will you do with it?

Happy President's Day!

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