Be a Leader for Hope

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in ComLead

Every day, each and every one of us has the ability to be a leader. It doesn’t matter whether you have any formal authority or position. Children at school are leaders, literally, when they are assigned the role of line leader for the week. Adults are leaders at work, in their homes, in the organizations they volunteer with, and so on and so forth. When we lead it means we are setting an example for others to follow.

Over the last year we have seen hate, anger, and animosity grow within our country. The behaviors that have transpired from these negative feelings are scary and worrisome and naturally, have thrown Americans into a cycle of mistrust.

This needs to change.

The first thing we learn as children is the Golden Rule- treat others the way you want to be treated. This is a lesson we should never forget. We need to lead others by setting an example. Live a life that promotes love, generosity, and acceptance. But, most importantly, remember to follow the Golden rule, even when others may not be.

Leaders like MLK and Gandhi, great and successful leaders, led with peace at the heart of their fight. They rallied people around messages of hope not hate. These last few weeks there have been wonderful examples of people doing the exact same thing. These people are our bright spots and we should follow their lead. Standing up for what they believe in without using words of negativity or tearing anyone else down.

Hate and judgement, in any form, for any reason will only lead to more hate and judgement. So, it is our job to spread the light simply by being the light.

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