October 20     

Today's quotation:

A leader isnít someone who forces others to make him or her stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his or her strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.

Beth Revis

Today's Meditation:

I believe that we have a truly disastrous shortage of true leaders these days.  From what I see, our world has become full of so-called "leaders" who are more interested in helping themselves out than in truly leading, in truly helping others to become better and stronger, in truly giving all that they have so that others may flourish.  We seem to have a wealth of people who are in leadership positions to help themselves out, and a dearth of people who are in leadership positions in order to serve the greater good.

And so what?  What can we do about this?  Well, first of all, I believe it's important that we be able to recognize a true leader when we see one, for that would mean that we could also recognize a non-leader when we see one, and act accordingly.  We need to support those people who are trying to help others, and withdraw or withhold our support from those who are only in leadership positions, but who are not real leaders who are working for the common good.

Why, you might ask?  Simply because we know that if we're working for the common good by supporting others who are doing the same, we're contributing to the welfare and well-being of everyone, not just an elite few.  And on the contrary, if we support the self-serving people, we're contributing to the damage that they're doing, and we cannot live full lives if we're contributing to damaging this world, on any level.  And just as importantly, when we find ourselves in leadership roles, it's important that we do all that we can for the common good so that we're contributing to the positive in the world, for then we'll be living up to our potential to contribute rather than simply take.

We don't want society to stand still.  We want it to grow and develop and become more and better tomorrow than it was today, don't we?  And we can help to provide leadership in positive and uplifting ways-- and we can support others who are doing their best to do the same.  For we want to contribute to the world and all that's in it, not simply take from that world.

Questions to consider:

What do you consider to be the qualities of a true leader?

Why do there seem to be so few true leaders?

What might you need to do to become an effective leader yourself?

For further thought:

People make history and not the other way around.  In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still.  Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

Harry S. Truman

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