In a lesson on Big Think Edge, the only forum on YouTube designed to help you get the skills you need to be successful in a rapidly changing world, leadership guru John Kotter points out that once the right person is in a leadership role, they usually take a beating.
"Almost every leader of any stature that I’ve studied has not had an easy life,” Kotter says. "They’ve been knocked down any number of times."
Therefore, the key to successful leadership, according to Kotter, is picking yourself up when you inevitably get knocked down. Through hardship you really can become stronger.