Some have said conflict builds character. Crisis, however, defines it.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is an example of this - an unlikely leader who is anything but your typical politician.
Roughly seven months have passed since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sent millions of gallons of crude spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. Still, most remember the images all too well.
In coordinating the state response to what would become the largest oil spill in history, Gov. Jindal emerged from the crisis as a proven leader.
Gov. Bobby Jindal discusses his new book and the government's handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on The 700 Club, Monday, Nov. 22. Click play to watch.
Not missing a beat, Jindal tirelessly advocated on behalf of the families who lost wages, fought to protect the environment, and came up with out-of-the-box solutions to clean up coastal communities and shorelines.
"We're literally using every substance, every material we can to keep this oil out," he vowed during a May boat tour of the area damaged by the spill.
In 2008, Jindal became America's youngest sitting governor and immediately started making waves reforming government, fighting corruption and trying to prevent the kind of man-made disaster that followed the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina.
In his new book, Leadership and Crisis, Jindal continues to make waves by taking on the president and government bureaucracy with a simple challenge: Think like ordinary Americans to seek common-sense solutions, live within their means, and pursue the American dream.