That is, who are the people you have a high regard for, in spite of their flaws? I came across this exercise whilst delivering some consultancy and training work:
‘Name four people real or fictional that you admire and explain why.’
I was so intrigued by this that once I had set my delegates going I started to ponder this for myself and came up with the following:
Elizabeth I – I have long been fascinated by this monarch, impressed by her intellect and bravery, especially in the early part of her reign. Elizabeth managed to keep her wits about her when accused by her sister Mary of plotting to overthrow her. What must it have been like growing up knowing that your father was responsible for the death of your mother, and having to constantly adapt to an ever changing political reality?
Scarlet O’Hara – Maybe not a politically correct choice, but as the exercise allows for fictional characters, I decided to include her because when the ‘chips were down’ with regard to food shortages and other deprivations this spoiled, pampered girl, rolled up her sleeves and simply did what was needed to keep food on the table. “Tomorrow is another day” is still one of my all time favourite quotes.
Winston Churchill – In my view, the right man for the right job at exactly the right time. He clearly had to make some very tough decisions, in some very tough times. Whilst also rallying a nation behind him with some truly inspiring speeches. For me it is enough to say “cometh the hour, cometh the man”.
And last but not least my Gran – simply because she lived her life to the beat of her own drum and was truly her own woman. Fun, mischievous, incredibly beautiful and a little bit of a Diva, I think.
So there you have it.
Until next time