I googled ‘leadership’ and received 436 million results and ‘no’ I didn’t check out all of the sites. Ironically this huge number suggests to me that either we know a lot about leadership or we don’t know very much at all.
Neither of my parents were world renowned leaders. Both had a simple grade 8 education, didn’t travel much, weren’t well read, couldn’t give a spell binding speech and didn’t have any disciples. Yet I know they were leaders in the tiny community I called home. On occasion they stepped out and went in a direction which wasn’t the accepted norm. People in the neighbourhood watched, some voiced their opposition and ridicule but then a few brave souls would quietly follow in those cutting edge footsteps.
Besides setting intermittent bold examples they also opened the doors of their home to every one of my teenage friends. The hungry hordes were always welcomed with a smile and there was food on the table to be shared. They loved those kids. Even if I wasn’t home my friends would spend time with my parents.
Leaders, big or small, love the people around them. Leaders take calculated bold steps when necessary. Leaders set good examples which others want to follow. Leaders make positive contributions to their community. Mother Teresa, Churchill, Martin Luther King as well as Orton and Nancy were leaders.
Who are the leaders who set an example for you? – BB