What we in 2012 can learn from Teddy Roosevelt in 1912
The Bull Moose was known for his tenacity, toughness, and uncompromising character. America's toughest president, he is known for being shot at a campaign speech in an assassination attempt, but finishing his speech before going to the hospital.
Today's leaders, whether in politics or in the workplace, are often known for their compromise, their dishonesty, and their self-serving nature. Today's leaders are often more concerned with working their way up the ladder in the corporate realm than standing for something that they believe in. Your employees are unable to respect a leader who is concerned with self-promotion and self-preservation. However, a leader who leads the charge, takes responsibility for his or her actions, and takes a stand for what is right, that is a leader that people will gravitate to and respect, whether or not they agree with everything he or she says.
Every leader, at some point in their career, has their own San Juan Hill. Every leader will have at least one seeming insurmountable obstacle standing in the way of success for not only themselves, but their business and their employees. Don't be the leader that sends others off to risk failure so you can be comfortable and risk free. Be the leader that is at the front of the line, with your troops behind you, leading the charge to overcome whatever challenge your company is facing.
Source - CNN