It’s no secret, and it’s been said numerous times that the people who lead can be polarizing. MLK, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, Muhamed Ali and even John F. Kennedy.

Whether you agree with their points of view or not, they were leaders. They lead others because of something they believed in so deeply that they would die for it. And they did. It was not a popularity contest, but rather an exercise in ostracization.

I’m not sure how many of us have the conviction that these men did in a ’cause.’ I’d like to think I do or at least I could if I wanted, but I’m pretty sure I’m kidding myself.

But, this is what it takes to lead. I can only hope to be heading in the right direction. The direction of these men.

I hope.