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Athletes: Natural-Born Leaders

Quarterback Eli Manning
Quarterback Eli ManningPhotograph by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Economics tells us that supply swiftly follows demand.  If we need something, free enterprise ramps up to provide it. The operation of markets is a wonderful thing to behold. Efficient and effective, the system fills voids in a true and timely manner.

But market forces don’t apply to leadership—something we can all agree is in short supply and desperately needed. Leaders cannot be forged in the fires of industry. They cannot be conjured by the creative economy. They cannot be summoned by a moment’s need. The qualities of a leader cannot be manufactured and transacted on Wall Street. We have to find leaders in any nook and cranny of society they might dwell.