I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple,
But God declared: "Go down again, I dwell among the people."
-- Louis I. Newman
Breakthrough personal accomplishments place you at the mountaintop. True leadership places you in the valley. In the landscape of your life, both mountain and valley are necessary, indispensable formations. It is necessary that you strive to run ahead of your peers and rise to the top of your heap. It is that hunger and drive for personal achievement from which excellence is born.
Upon attaining some level of excellence and competence, don't let it die with you. Get off your high horse now; return and impart to those who do not yet have what you have been given. Build them and boost them; love them and lift them. In order to qualify truly as leader, it is necessary that you go back to the low places and serve with all your heart. It is that passion and compassion of which greatness is born.
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Before you gained all this experience and professional competence, where did you live and grow? From what group or community did you emerge into your current place of skills and knowledge? Today, take the first action step--make that first phone call to return and serve.
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