I know I’m supposed to leave you with an upshot. I know you want the happily ever after, but there is no pretty bow with which to tie this blog. I can only be honest, because, who knows, you may be sitting there reading this not realizing that the wheels of a leadership appointment are turning for you. You need to know the worst, so when you get the best, it will be not expected, but a happy surprise. I don’t want to lie to you, to tell you everything will be perfect; to ooze out sparkly stories of smooth sailing, ice cream castles and sunset dreams. Leadership is hard. Look here, sometimes the waters of leadership get choppy; the ice cream melts; and the sun burns the crap out of your skin.