Great leadership requires vision, foresight, belief and a willingness to challenge orthodoxy in order to bring about change. This is the kind of example set by the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and in later years those that ratified the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights and other seminal documents that have afforded the opportunities many Americans enjoy.
Yet as we know, this grand experiment in representative Democracy strives for perfection, but is not - in fact - perfect. We all are familiar with many of the troubling truths about our history that have left stains which have yet to be reconciled. Still it is the value of visionary leadership that gives us hope for a better future.
Take the time to celebrate the ideals espoused in the Declaration of Independence today. Share it with family, friends and coworkers alike. It never hurts to revisit the principles that are the foundation of the environment that we operate in. Happy Fourth of July!