Leadership is one of the most sought after skills in both personal life and your career. We look up to great leaders with admiration and admonish poor leaders with great disdain. Those with the greatest ability to guide and lead large groups of people often make their way into history books, leaving their names to be remembered long after they have passed on. Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. were great leaders and now they are household names. They are remembered for the passion they espoused and the growth and prosperity they were able to produce. On the flip side, poor leaders are remembered for their negative impact. Often times, folks will look back and wonder just how much better things could have been had that leader not been in charge.
Today, the young generation of Americans that are just now growing into adulthood will be the leaders of tomorrow. In a world where so many people become content to live uninteresting lives, these words from President John Quincy Adams should serve to remind everyone that leadership is not some starkly obvious badge worn on your shirt. Leadership is much deeper than that.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
Society seems to be becoming more and more disconnected. Thus, it is extremely important to remember that we all rely on one another in many ways. If you truly believe that what you are doing with your life will not inspire someone else to “dream more, learn more, do more, and become more” then you might be well served to reconsider your path. Leaders are passionate and that passion is what inspires others. If the inspiration is not there, then you are almost certain to be missing the passion from your own life. We are enamored by stories of college drop outs like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. They couldn’t have made the decisions that allowed them to inspire the world without an overabundance of passion. Find your passion, inspire the world, and you’ll have your name etched into the history books.