Champion of the Poor and Voiceless
If there were a Nobel Prize for leadership I would urge criteria that included speaking out for those too voiceless and vulnerable to represent themselves. The toughest and most seemingly intractable problems such as poverty and disease often affect people so marginalized politically and economically that no markets exist to serve or solve them. Leading on their behalf is worthy of Nobel recognition.
There's no great challenge in leading those who already agree with you, share your views, and are able to fight their own battles. Leaders add value by doing things others can't do, taking risks others won't take, and most of all, helping the rest of us journey from one place to another in our view of what is possible and achievable. From Lincoln to Gandhi to Martin Luther King, that is the kind of leadership we look back on with awe.
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