If there is any doubt that the constant diatribe of political correctness is exacting a price, just look at our position in the world. Our stature has deteriorated more in the last several years than it has in all of our history. That is because we have lost sight of who we are. Our hesitance to stand up to the truths we hold dear is turning our spines to jelly.
Mandela's leadership lessons will belong to the ages, just as Lincoln's leadership lessons do. Two very different men, but they shared the same defining qualities that we need in the 21st century. As Nancy Koehn put in the conclusion of her speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival: "We need muscles of moral courage, we need to flex them, we need to find them, we need to help others recognize them and find them in themselves. Nothing more is needed and nothing less will do at this moment of great turbulence, great promise, great peril."