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Valor – noun. 

  1. boldness or determination in facing great danger, especially in battle; heroic courage; bravery: a medal for valor.

Or, a definition I found on the web that pertains more to today’s discussion:

Valor – When the sky appears darkest, this person can be calm and courageous to continue to push forward.

There are numerous examples from history of men and women of valor. Here are a few:

  • Noah—talk about pushing forward when the sky is darkest!
  • Abraham—believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness
  • Daniel—”Here kitty, kitty, kitty…nice kitty…”
  • Martin Luther—stood against the tyranny of the establishment as he stood for what was right.
  • Christopher Columbus—dared to follow his dreams, even to the edge of the world.
  • The Founding Fathers—stood up to the regime; would have rather died (and some did) than to live unfree. 

VThe Founding Fathers were truly examples of living lives characterized by valor. These men risked their fortunes, reputations, families and lives to secure our freedom. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, James Madison, James Monroe and John Hancock are all names that we should all know and appreciate for what they did to secure our freedom.

Give me liberty or give me death…no taxation without representation…don’t tread on me

I’m afraid that we’re losing sight of these men and what they accomplished. While it was funny to watch people try to identify the men on our currency (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) it was also sad. Recent mini-series on the revolution have been laughable in their distortions and re-writing of our history. Our history is exciting enough without fabrications.

Leadership Lessons1

  1. Success will not belong to the strong alone—but to the vigilant, the active, and the brave.
  2. Remember that people are something of a vast unwieldy machine and cannot be forced into anything.
  3. Remember that the diversity of skills in a great team exceeds those of any one individual.
  4. Listen, then speak; follow, then lead.
  5. Retreat when you must. Live to fight another day.

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1 from The Founding Fathers on Leadership by Donald T. Phillips
Donald Phillips has written a number of books on leadership including the aforementioned, Martin Luther King, Jr. on Leadership and Lincoln on Leadership, one of my favorite books.

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