To lead, [Robert E.] Lee well understood, one first had to be the master of oneself. Original Sin taught him to expect human failure. But a Christian and a gentleman was obligated to do better. Lee believed that the more one approached the divine, the more one successfully imitated Christ, the more one fulfilled one’s duty as a Christian gentleman.
by H.W. Crocker, III, Robert E. Lee on Leadership, copyright 1999, page 16