"I saw the angel in the marble and I chiseled until I set it free." -- Michelangelo. What an incredible thought. In our work with people with disabilities this is so true, but it applies in so many situations. To see the potential that exists within people, and to work with them to discover and release their abilities.
It's probably a good description of the role of a Christian leader: It incorporates vision (I saw the angel); a recognition of the difficulties and challenges (the marble); hard work (I chiseled) and the empowerment of God's people (until I set it free).