Most Leaders Never Become Great

Man Will Never Fly
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Misery loves company.

Them and they are four letter words.

Can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Leaders, many of them anyway, fail because they have such a hard time being criticized, even if it’s constructive.

I posted an April Fools bit for, but took it down minutes later, after a close friend said it wasn’t funny.

I thought it was, and still do.  But took it down anyway.

Okay, so I’m worried about what others may think with a single April Fool’s blog post?  Now imagine what President Obama must have to deal with.

Just the other morning, this was in our local Orlando Sentinel.  It’s about the insane press one Central Florida Urologist is getting, because he said Obama is bad.

Great leaders must be so passionate about their purpose, that they are willing to take the negative criticism. Otherwise, they will never make it.

Great leaders know that the sky is the limit and small minds will always say otherwise.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. I’ll definitely never say Obama is a bad leader.
    Will never fault him for being a strong man either. He has to endure a lot.
    He’s got the guts, the incredible speaking ability and the ability to influence.
    There’s definitely always two sides to the coin though.

    Maybe Three.

    Competing choices will always be there. And that criticism comes right along with it.

    Really, in the same way that his strength can be admired – it looks like this urologist is right there with him.

  2. Craig, thanks for your response. I may have made the post sound Obama-focused. It isn’t meant to be in the least.

    It’s about the reality of being a leader, in anything, and the criticism that becomes the landscape.

    Obama is the pinnacle of criticism. Which makes our own situations pale in comparison, which is still not why I wrote this post.

    The point is, if you think you can be a great leader, for a worthy cause, and live without criticism, guess again.

  3. There is a difference between actively listening to and valuing what others have to say and not being able to take criticism.

    Great leaders know the difference.

    They know when to take down a post because they listened to someone whose opinion they value and when to let criticism roll off like water on a duck’s back.

  4. Totally agree. =)

    Also, I will say that I’m glad I caught the post in my blog aggregator before it was gone. =)

  5. Mike, thank you. And may I add that they also no when to say, “You’re right, honey.”

    Craig, glad you saw it too. It’s nice to know there were a few “witnesses.” 🙂

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