Stand Up

“I will do what queens do, I will rule.”  Daenerys Targaryen

Leaders lead.

They do what they must, even if they don’t necessarily enjoy what they have to do.  They serve their people and fulfil their obligations, and do so with a grace under fire that is the hallmark of nobility.

People look at those in charge (of a company, or a country, or their own empire) and envy them but do not see all that the leader is required to become or to sacrifice to be in that position.  “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown” Shakespeare observed, knowing the stress of leadership and stepping into adversity like Henry V into the breach with on Saint Crispin’s Day. 

Becoming royalty is about taking risks, about offering a piece of themselves in exchange for the opportunity to protect and expand their kingdom.  About standing up and saying “I will.”