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Luther in the lead

His model of humility is what we need today

Over coffee at the grain elevator and in the boardroom, conversations these last days before the 2000 election turn to each presidential candidate's leadership potential. That potential keeps us interested in the selection of our leaders: Integrity, honesty, wisdom and charisma are among the attributes desired — if not required — in the 21st century.

Contemporary leadership gurus have conducted public discussions and written countless books about the qualities of a good leader. But these efforts haven't yielded a comprehensive set of attributes.

We know good leadership when we see it, but it's difficult to define. Throughout the ages several people have merited respect and left us with valuable profiles of good leadership. Within the last 500 years, Martin Luther stands out among them.


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