Leadership’s Reward


It does not come with a medal

But it gathers as much respect

No trophy to raise in the air

Or our ego to reflect


It comes with a heavy mantle

With a weight that must be borne

Where others come first, a creed

In the duty that is sworn


It will take all you have to give

And a strength to see it through

Demand example in how you live

Require your words be true


Should you take up the cause

It should be seen in every deed

And that is all you will ever get

When you say that you will lead


You must sacrifice yourself

To see all others restored

The humanity you care for

Is leadership’s reward


21 Responses to “Leadership’s Reward”
  1. Very motivating piece Brad, truly enjoyed reading it , leadership is not easy and that I have realized in my own life quite closely. Great work !

  2. What an emotional and true post on Veteran’s Day! True leaders find their greatest reward not in a tangible acknowledgement but in seeing those whom they have led succeed!

  3. kristianw84 says:

    So inspiring. Thank you for your service! ❤

  4. So true my friend, and a Happy Veterans day to you and welcome home!

  5. Jim Borden says:

    wonderful poem, and Happy Veterans’ Day. I am grateful for your service…

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    With leadership comes responsibility. Our leaders have to start with a mindset that war is the least productive outcome. Thanks to our service people around the world.

  7. yassy says:

    Motivating , inspiring piece of writing.. great post .. always quality stuff to be read from you. You are the quintessential poet.

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    This is so beautiful Brad. You wrote a lovely piece about the beauty and burden of leadership. A burden I can’t imagine but one I don’t take for granted, at least I pray I never do. 🤗❤️🥰 my love Jonikins ❤️❤️

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