Reliable leadership—its spiritual source

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I remember, as a third grader, visiting my great-grandmother. She was a young girl at the time of the American Civil War, and when I recited a poem I’d learned in school about Abraham Lincoln, I was shocked to hear her criticize him. To me, Lincoln was a cultural hero—the U.S. President who ended slavery.

To her, Lincoln was a man from Illinois with many flaws, no better than anyone else. This illustrates an important concept: time may idealize certain historic figures, but upon closer inspection, failings among even the best human leaders point to the need for a higher sense of leadership for our nations and our lives.

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