June 09, 2004

No Accidental Leader

Lee Edwards on Ronald Reagan:

Ronald Reagan was not an accidental leader. He possessed certain personal characteristics that set him apart from other seemingly as talented and ambitious men and women. Physically, he had remarkable vitality and stamina. He did not need energizer batteries to keep going through crises and challenges that would have hospitalized the rest of us.

Mentally, he was able to penetrate quickly to the heart of a matter and to shift from issue to issue with little apparent effort.

Philosophically, he had a set of core beliefs from which he rarely strayed. He did not hesitate to go against the popular grain if he thought it was in the best interests of America.

And he was a leader, a historic leader, because he embodied the four essential qualities of leadership - courage, prudence, justice, and wisdom.