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


13 Responses to “Leadership’s Reward”
  1. beth says:

    powerful and a heavy mantle to carry, indeed. it takes a special person to honor this role.

  2. I completely relate to your beautiful words; that’s a large mantle to carry without complaints or judgement; that’s the actual value of a leader. And you do the same here as well, Brad; you have given unconditional motivation and guidance to me time and again, and I am sure there are many others, so it’s always proud for me to say, you are my mentor

    • Brad Osborne says:

      You are too gracious with your words, my friend. I am happy to read your work and lend support in your endeavors. But it is your talent and hard work that has created the imaginative and striking art of your words. I have enjoyed watching you grow and explore as a writer and artist. I promise if you keep putting in the effort and hard work, we may both be amazed at where you go. Keep writing!

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Many people confuse the terms “leader” and “supervisor,” and they are not the same. You did a wonderful job explaining the honor of a leadership role. You should know. You are a leader in so many ways! ❤

  4. Carl Berlin says:

    So TRUE!!!!!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    True leaders don’t need any glory. Wonderful piece, Brad!

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