Crisis doesn't necessarily make character, but it certainly does reveal it. Adversity makes a person choose one of two paths: character or compromise. Every time a leader chooses character, he grows stronger. Character is the foundation on which a leader builds his or her life. It all begins with character, because leadership operates on the basis of trust. People will follow a leader only as far as they trust him or her. Character communicates credibility, harnesses respect, creates consistency, and earns trust.
John Maxwell, from his Maxwell Leadership Bible, page 1340, a profile of Daniel.