After viewing many of my friends in leadership positions encounter the pain and stress of their every day life, and attempting to stay on top of their leadership responsibilities, an over whelming sense of compassion and responsibility to them and for them over came me. Where do leaders go when they are bleeding? Who bandages their wounds, who encourages them and who serves the servers. Someone has rightly suggested that "Everything raises and falls on leadership and given that reality; we all benefit when we take care of those that are leading while bleeding.
On the flip side, leaders do well to remember, “Your leadership potential is limited only by the scope of your burden and capacity for pain” As one writer puts it, “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, than 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, then the breadth of your leadership potential is limited only by the scope of your burden and capacity.”