“Just as the diamond requires three properties for its formation – carbon, heat, and pressure – successful leaders require the interaction of three properties – character, knowledge, and application. Like carbon to the diamond, character is the basic quality of the leader. But as carbon alone does not create a diamond, neither can character alone create a leader. The diamond needs heat. Man needs knowledge, study, and preparation. The third property, pressure – acting in conjunction with carbon and heat – forms the diamond. Similarly, one’s character, attended by knowledge, blooms through application to produce a leader.”
Edward C. Meyer (1928 to 2020)
Edward Charles ‘Shy’ Meyer was a United States Army general who served as the 29th Chief of Staff of the United States Army.