One could not help but be moved by watching the eulogies for the late Senator Ted Kennedy today at the Lady of Perpetual Hope Basilica in Boston today. I watched the moving service thinking about how large a reputation he built in his 77 years. Reputation is all about character and Ted Kennedy’s character was complex — both flawed and exceptional, like many human beings. His impact on people and our country was profound and searingly evident when listening to his sons, daughters, neices, colleagues, peers, and all. Reputation redemption has come up several times which made me think how lucky he was (and us) to have had the time in his life to resurrect his reputation. The service reminded me of a quote I saved that I read a few years back….
“Real leaders, in a phrase, move the human heart.”