In the past week, when Atlanta was grappling with “snowmageddon” during which finger-pointing and blame were rampant, my husband and I received a letter of apology from the President of Woodward Academy that both surprised and delighted us.
Atlanta has been in the national news for the recent snow storm and unprecedented traffic jams that resulted. I patiently waited at home with my kids (thankfully home from school safely) to hear when my husband and friends would make it home. It took my husband 13 hours, about $70 in gas, and a brief stay at a church due to a road closure before he was finally able to make it home safely at 2 am Wednesday morning. He had left Midtown Atlanta at 1 pm Tuesday afternoon. Some of our friends were not as lucky and spent the night at a Target store, child’s preschool, church, or they simply abandoned their cars and walked through the night to get home.
As we celebrate Veteran's Day this week and honor all those service men and women who have served our country, some with their lives, I have been reflecting on the kind of leadership that it takes to lead troops into combat. The kind of leadership that engenders followership when the ultimate price, our lives, is on the line.
Whatever your politics may be, it seems like these days all we see are people (and parties) having a difficult time with timely conversations that remove barriers to success or show the ability to co-exist. It has me thinking that it really is true, most of us would rather delay, deny or avoid the painful conversation we need to have to get things back on track.