You can exercise and sustain personal leadership only to the extent of your capacity to bear pain. If you can bear only your own pain, then you can’t really lead. If you can respond to and bear only the pain of your family, then your family represents the full scope of your leadership potential. If, however, by God’s grace you can recognize and bear the pain of those around you, the the breadth of your leadership potential is limited only by the scope of your burden and capacity. All this talk about bearing pain may seem off-putting to some. You may be thinking, ‘Isn’t leadership more about vision and the ability to inspire than about pain?’ Not really. To be sure, there is a kind of leadership that can rouse people to action for a short time, but enduring leadership invariably will be built upon a confidence that those who you call ‘leader’ would sacrifice themselves not only for the cause they share with you, but even for you yourself.”

~ A. Scott Moreau, Gary Corwin, & Gary B. McGee in Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey

Note: Thanks to my buddy Jonathan Alexander for sharing this. Wow.