I'm co-facilitating a weekly group studying authentic leadership. This week, one of our group said, "man, stepping up to lead is hard work!" Yep. I suppose you could slide through life avoiding the really hard stuff, but then you would miss a lot of "possibility." I guess that's where a lot of sayings come from:
-When the going gets tough, the tough get going
-If it were easy, everyone would do it
-Only the strong survive
-He who knows others is learned, he who knows self is wise
-And so on...
And not only is leadership hard, the real litmus test of whether you were a great leader happens AFTER you're gone - it's about the legacy you leave. Definitely not an ego trip.