The way you described a leader as one who forges ahead despite difficulties is so powerful. To be confident in the gifts and abilities God has given us and to use them for His glory is the main goal. Also, I agree with your advice to seek out counselors and friends to share in one’s journey. This allows one to not feel alone in the call or task God has revealed to them. For example, I recall God bringing people into my life at the right time when I needed encouragement also well.