Page 53 - Jackson Journal
P. 53

                     Impress or Inspire?
William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli were successful 19th century British politicians. They were brilliant and dedicated – and they could not stand each other. Gladstone, a member of the liberal Whig party, came from a wealthy family and received his formal education at Eton and Oxford. Disraeli, a member of the more conservative Tory party, was educated at obscure schools and never went to a university.
Disraeli referred to his rival in a letter to Lord Derby as “... that unprincipled mania Gladstone – extraordinary mixture of envy, vindictiveness, hypocrisy and superstition.” Gladstone said
of his old enemy: “the Tory party had principles by which it would and did stand. All this Dizzy destroyed.”
They were clearly very different, but there was a singular difference between the two men. It was said if you had dinner with Gladstone, you left feeling eh was the smartest person in the world, but if you had dinner with Disraeli, you left feeling you were the smartest person in the world.
Both Gladstone and Disraeli were intelligent, talented leaders. Consider what you want to do with your intelligence, your talent and your ability to lead. Do you want to settle for impressing people, or do you want to inspire them?

   51   52   53   54   55