by Stephen Whitney

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Wise Leader (28 of 40)
Series: Ecclesiastes
Stephen Whitney
Ecclesiastes 8:1-8

On February 12, 1959, the 150th anniversary of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln was held and the distinguished historian Carl Sandburg was invited to Washington, D.C. to speak. Before a
joint session of congress and assembled diplomatic corps, the astute and eloquent student of Lincoln held the attention of everyone as he portrayed a very great leader with very human characteristics.

Calling is speech appropriately, "Man of Steel and Velvet," Sandburg helped everyone see that a respected leader can be both capable and vulnerable. The mixture may be rare, but when it is there it is truly effective.

He said, "Not often in the story of mankind does a man arrive on earth who is both steel and velvet, who is as hard as rock and soft as drifting fog, who holds in his heart and mind the paradox of terrible storm and peace unspeakable and perfect . . .

While the war winds howled, he insisted that the Mississippi was one river meant to belong to one country . . .

While the luck of war wavered and broke and came again, as generals failed and campaigns were lost, he held enough forces . . .
together to raise new armies and supply them, until generals were found who made war as victorious war had always been made, with terror, frightfulness, destruction . . . valor and sacrifice past words of man to tell.

In the mixed shame and blame of the immense wrongs of two crashing civilizations, often with nothing to say, he said nothing, slept not at all and on occasions he was seen to weep in a way that made weeping appropriate, decent, majestic."

Leadership is seen in the character of a person in how they react to the events which take place and how they treat people around them

Chuck Swindoll wrote, "Being a good boss is neither accidental nor automatic. Supervisors who are a joy to follow are rare individuals. Clear-thinking, hard-working, fair-minded, honest-dealing l ...

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