Leadership: The Impossible Takes a Little Longer

By J. Michael Willard

Dr. Samuel Johnson — yes, that 18th Century literary chap — taught me my greatest lesson in leadership: “Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”

The inscription was noted on a laminated card that was proof I had, indeed, graduated from a university and was setting out on a career, the direction of which I had only the foggiest idea.

However, I was armed with Dr. Johnson’s wisdom stuck securely in a pocket of my billfold. I carried…