This thought from van Gogh has a lot to say to leaders. It inspires me and it comforts me.

Leadership (at the least) is challenging and difficult. There are problems and struggles that just go with the leadership terrain. I'm sure you've heard the saying, "Leadership, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it." Well, it isn't easy and so everyone isn't doing it.

Leaders are those who accept the challenges and problems. The difficulties don't scare them away... In many cases, they are leading because of the problems. 

Leaders want to make a difference, they want to change things, they want to improve what is lacking. I was talking with a friend who is leading in a pretty hard situation. It has been frustrating (often), disappointing (at times) and not very rewarding (lately). It looks like the situation is not going to improve in the near future. He has more frustration and disappointment to deal with in the days ahead. 

But he is a leader, called to lead. The dangerous sea and terrible storm are not sufficient reason for my friend to remain ashore or in a safe harbor. He is out there in the thick of things. 

If you are a leader, there will be storms (a few of them terrible) and turbulent seas (occasionally dangerous). That's what leaders do. Non-leaders stay safe on the shore. Leaders cast off and go out to the deep and do what is needed.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership Connextions International

LCI - Encouraging you in the midst of dangerous seas and terrible storms.