Of all the characteristics you will read about in Everyday Leader Heroes, perhaps the most common is that everyday leader heroes have a unique insight to see and help develop character in others. Perhaps since they have been through a number of life’s challenges and have learned from the “school of hard-knocks,” they have self-reflected, self-assessed, and self-corrected a number of times, learning more lessons from each cycle.
Life’s lessons produce people who realize that how they view the world and live their lives reflects opportunities. Along with the ability to see what others cannot and the perseverance to keep going when one’s dream or vision seems impossible to achieve, they have developed their own character and have the knowledge and skill to show others how they can do the same.
The leader heroes I have known each had the ability to help me find the unrealized potential I have within me. Whether it is in an encouraging word, a given opportunity, or a discussion that provides me with new information to ponder, the help and guidance I have received from these leaders allowed me to let go of blinders and move beyond self-imposed boundaries. They encouraged me to seek what I thought was unearned responsibility and accountability. They taught me to view myself not for who I was, but rather for the potential of who I could become.