March 27

Redefining Leadership

When I was a child the word “leadership” was used to describe student body presidents, Eagle Scouts and CEOs. I used to think that leadership was defined by how many people one managed or directed in a workplace or community group. I’ve since radically expanded my definition of leadership to include supporting a friend in a crisis, being the calm voice of reason in a contentious debate, preparing a child to be the best version of herself, and even to advocate wisely for oneself when no one else is stepping up to help. Being a leader is the opposite of playing the victim. In essence, leadership is found anytime we’re encouraging others (or even just ourselves) to make good choices. No gesture of leadership is too small. I hope you’ll see opportunities throughout your day today to harness your own leadership skills because a good leader doesn’t wait to be asked to lead. Consider this your call to action.