FULL NAME: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
LIFESPAN: 63 years (1882 – 1945)
TERM: 32nd President (D) 1933 – 1945
OPTIMISTIC - taking a favorable view of events or conditions; hopeful, expectant, confident; positive, upbeat, cheerful, undiscouraged.
Optimistic leaders approach situations with a mindset of success. They recognize opportunity where others may see only uncertainty or despair. While the pessimist focuses on negative possibilities and sees challenges as excuses not to try a new venture or path, the optimistic leader sees and focuses on the positive possibilities and is willing to take appropriate risk for potential positive change.
CONFIDENT - sure of oneself, self-confident; having strong belief or full assurance; secure, sure; assertive, decisive, determined.
A healthy foundation of confidence allows a leader to be decisive and make difficult decisions. Leaders who demonstrate confidence engender trust in their followers and inspire greater loyalty—a critical asset, especially when the going gets tough. Only with confidence can leaders rally their people together toward a common cause in the midst of adversity or uncertainty.
ENERGETIC - vigorous and full of life; desiring action; animated, dynamic, spirited, vivacious.
Contentment can too easily turn into stagnation. Leaders who never strive to push the limits and improve the status quo will never lead anyone to success. Leaders with energy are not content with the status quo; they yearn for action and desire results. Energetic leaders are compelled to action and eager to improve themselves and those whom they lead.
MAN OF FORTITUDE - mentally and emotionally strong in facing difficulty or adversity; bold, brave, determined, resolute.
Courage has long been regarded as an essential quality of great leadership. The fear of failure, humiliation, pain, or discomfort has too often kept a leader from acting. Leaders who take action, determining that the potential results are more significant than their fears, are those who really succeed. When faced with daunting obstacles or fierce opposition, leaders with fortitude press on with determination, despite the risk.
“Confidence... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.”
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”
“One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment... If it doesn’t turn out right, we can modify it as we go along.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum
LOCATION: Hyde Park, NY
OPENED: June 30, 1941