I got an out of left field perspective during the Dalai Lama’s visit to MIT this past week. He was asked about model leaders and
[h]e singled out President George W. Bush for his straightforwardness, but stopped short on complimenting him for much else. “I love him”, said the Dalai Lama of President Bush, “but as far as his policies are concerned, I have reservations.”
For me, it was a welcome reminder that disagreement doesn’t have to blind us to the virtues of others, even others with whom we passionately disagree.