“He was the greatest genius of his time, perhaps of all time, yet he lacked the crown of greatness – that high wisdom born of reflection and introspection which knows its own powers and limitations, and never abuses them; that fine sense of proportion which holds the rights of others in the same solemn reverence which it demands for its own” (*)
So wrote the fabulous Ida Tarbell in her biography of Napoleon Bonaparte.
I believe that Ida Tarbell "hit the nail on the head" in her definition of greatness. It is also a fabulous description of wise leadership. Would to God that our civic and religious leaders understood this.
More about Ida in a day or two.
(*) From "Ida Tarbell. Portrait of a Muckraker". (Kathleen Brady, University of Pittsburgh Press 1989)