Life can be very frustrating when we know we possess talents and gifts, but they seem to do us little good. The fact is, we may not have found the right time and place yet. A great example was Former President Ulysses S. Grant. Most of us know that Ulysses Grant was also the victorious general of the civil war. But few might know that at the outset of the civil war he was not even in the Army. General/President Grant entered the military originally only because his father enrolled him in West Point. After becoming a student, he aspired to one day be a mathematics teacher.
By now, some may know I am an avid reader of Presidential biographies. A few years back, I was looking for a new vein of reading material, and I found the nuggets of leadership styles and insights worth the read. I also found interesting lessons in our nation’s history. It is always interesting to ponder ‘what if’?
I believe John Maxwell suggested that ‘intuition’ be listed as one of his 21 Leadership laws in the best seller ‘The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership’. Leaders today are in desperate need of developing and exercising this skill. Unfortunately, much like speed to a football player, intuition for a leader is not a classroom product.