A leader inspires people to follow.
A leader sees a destination and charts a course, and isn’t afraid to change course when a shorter or superior path the destination is found.
A leader is clear about what he stands for, and makes an eloquent case for his position.
A leader brings out the best in the people around him, not by forging them in the Leader’s image, but by allowing every individual’s strengths to rise, and providing them the tools they need to contribute their best, to make the team stronger.
A leader attracts opposition, faces it head-on, and becomes stronger through it.
A leader does not move forward by holding others back.
A leader, by force of personality, causes us to question what we are doing as individuals towards the causes we believe in.
Love him or loathe him (few seemed indifferent!), today Canada lost a Leader in every sense of the word. But as he set a course, he inspired us to act, it is now up to us to carry forward. Leaders leave us stronger with their legacy, and in that sense, we rarely know their power until they are gone.
In the days, weeks and years ahead, let’s remember his final message to Canadians:
“Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”