She wasn’t exactly a woman one would identify as a leader. She was in her 30’s, her front teeth were missing, her clothes were worn, she stood a little over 5 feet tall, she was uneducated and it was rumored she had abandoned her husband in the middle of the night. She took jobs mostly cooking and cleaning. Although she had a strong work ethic, she would disappear in the spring or fall only to return completely broke with no one knowing where she had been.
Does this woman fit your description of a great leader? Would you respect a woman like this if you saw her on the street or if she came to your office for a job? The answer was “yes” for the hundreds of slaves who followed her to freedom out of the South. These people recognized and respected her for her great leadership. This woman’s name was Harriet Tubman.