On Leadership

It's Not Easy


It's not easy finding a leader. And I don't mean just any old leader; a good ol' hard as nails, dependable, mover and shaker. Someone that inspires people in the right way and for the right reasons.


Gone are the day of the great leaders of antiquity: Julius Caesar. Alexander the Great. Napoleon. Names that inspire a melancholy of both fear and admiration.


However we've gained the likes of Trump and Trudeau, fighting battles with words as sharp as swords; an unceasing inundation of messages flying to and fro like so many bullets. The field may be different, but the stakes are the same.


The reality is that few, if any, reading this will be as well known as these figures listed here. Most people do not become the president of the United States (no matter how much one would seriously like to be.)


But this does not mean not everyone is capable of being a leader in their own right.



Born Leaders


There has of late been the narrative in society that anyone can be a leader. That we each have within ourselves the power to take charge in our lives; to be the change we would like to see in the world. There is much truth to this.


Fact is, we are all born leaders. We set examples for others by the way that we act - both the good and the bad. The way we treat others, the way we treat ourselves; these are things others notice and take note of. It's important to keep this in mind when conducting oneself in society.


Each day you have the choice to get out of bed; likewise, its your decision whether you make it. If there is one thing we can control in life is our attitude.


Conduct yourself at all times with the understanding that the actions you take really mean something - if not to you, then to your family, to your friends, and to all your peers.


You are a member of a larger body, the collective we call society. What one member does affects the others. We see this all the time in everyday life. One bad decision in an organization can send ripples that effect everyone. In this way we are all dependent on one another.



Show the Way


A good leader is one who may not know the way, but helps to show the way by the life they lead. They understand that as a member of a larger whole they have a responsibility to deliver to the best of their abilities, no matter the circumstances.


It is no wonder so many of us gravitate toward such individuals, they are to us like a light bulb is to a moth; a likeness of something greater. For a moth, the moonlight; for us, the traits we would wish to live out.


It is so very easy to be a bad example for others. In fact you could argue it is the norm. Which makes it all the more important that we have more of the types of people who are willing to give up something of themselves for something greater than themselves.


It is because of such difficulty that one is so hard-pressed to find such a person.


Be the Change


Despite such hardships, we would be wise to not despair. After all, you have the power to be the force of change we would like to see in the world.


And if not you, then who?


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