In 2012, as our nation was suffering under a continuing resolution by Congress, Colin Powell said in an interview:
"Our Founding Fathers were able to sit in Philadelphia and make some of the greatest compromises known to man — tough, tough issues. But they did it. Why? Because they were there to create a country, where we have a Congress now that can’t even pass an appropriation bill, and we’re running this country on a continuing resolution...
They compromised—the Founding Fathers compromised on slavery. They had to, in order to create a country. They compromised on the composition of the Senate, of the House, of the Supreme Court, of a president—what are the president’s powers? Can you imagine more difficult compromises today?
Compromise is how this country was founded, and unless two people in disagreement with each other don’t find a way to reach out to one another and make compromises, you don’t get a consensus that allows you to move forward."
Thank you, Colin Powell, for clarifying a leadership lesson that is so relevant for today.