Adversity doesn’t develop character, it reveals it some leaders are always looking for more power was power, greed at the root? Adversity doesn’t develop character, it reveals it. Terrorists, and peaceful people, have leaders. And every leader is telling a story about what they value, whether they are aware of it or not. Next Blog 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. View all of jeff noel's posts.