It is almost impossible to manage the expectations of others unless our relationship with the Lord is vital and growing. It is in our relationship with God that we find the strength to see clearly, to differentiate from the emotions of others, and to gain the wisdom and insight to address problems (Burns, Chapman & Guthrie, p.184).
Hardships are the most important element in leadership development (Burns, Chapman & Guthrie, p.47).
The Oxford dictionary defines hardship as something that is difficult to endure and one of the causes of suffering.
Dow explains that the benefits that come to the intellectually virtuous person can be broken down into 3 categories: we come to know more, become better thinkers, and become better people (p79).