Insight for Leaders

by blogadmin 27. July 2020 07:44



These words of Rep. John Lewis provide important insight into leadership. Rep. Lewis understood that leadership starts with observing and learning about the issues facing those you serve. It requires engagement and a concern for the well being of your team members. While it is easy to be consumed with finances or reports or meetings, the most important characteristic of leadership is engaging with your team.

However, our responsibility as leaders does not stop there. It continues to speak out on behalf of others. Too often this responsibility is set aside because it does not affect us personally. To be a leader means that you speak into issues where you can make a difference. You use your position or influence to help others. Leadership means that we sacrifice the right to do only what is in our best interest. It means doing what is in the best interest of the team and community.

Finally, as leaders we must act. Correcting a situation, advocating for change, and investing in your team are all ways we can be strong leaders. If we fail to act, we diminish those we serve, and that is not leadership. To act takes courage, especially when it would be easier to let someone else do the work. Leaders understand the privilege and the responsibility to not only see something, but to say something, and to do something.

As you lead, look for opportunities to make a difference on behalf of others. 

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