Jimmy Carter has long been an advocate for the poor and the homeless. He could get elected president and be an advocate for the homeless. He could give speeches and lead congress to pass laws. He did that. He could influence the federal budget to help providing low income housing. He did that. What else could he do?

He could set an example.

Former president Jimmy Carter did this as well as any leader I’ve ever seen. After his term as president of the United States, he desperately wanted Americans to catch the vision of providing quality housing for under-resourced people. Rather than immediately hitting the speaking circuit, he and his wife, Rosalyn, bought hammers and started hitting nails for Habitat for Humanity.Bill Hybels talks about how Jimmy Carter did this:

Hybels reduces it to a slogan: The leader must embody the vision.


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