Leadership is hard work. There's no doubt about that. But good leadership can achieve amazing things.
I know we're now into 2011, but I was recently inspired by reading the story about one of the Woman of the Year awards 2010.
The Sainsbury's 'You Can' award was given to Shara Brice, who leads the Ascension Eagles, a cheerleading team which is now recognised as one of the best in the world.
Shara moved to the Ascension parish in East London in 1996. It was tough. But she decided to bring to the young people the skills of cheer leading, and gradually the group of young people, their confidence, and their acheivements, grew. The 130-strong team have won more than 250 trophies.
Through the Eagles, the young people experience positive role models and learn new life-skills and skills which will later help them to find employment.
Shara was awarded an MBE for her work, which has changed the lives of thousands of young people in east London. She's also an Arrow graduate.
Inspiring, or what?