I’m a big believer in the power of leadership. You’re probably familiar with the corruption that leaders can create (Hitler), you’re probably also familiar with the power of a leader to do amazing things (Mother Teresa). There are many definitions of leadership, and Bill Hybels has simply said that “Leadership is being able to move people from here to there.” The “how” of fulfilling that statement is where some leaders go astray, I believe. Hitler did a great job of moving people from point “a” to point “b”, but his motives, dreams and goals have been called into question ever since the world heard his name. However John Quincy Adams presents a missing aspect of Hybel’s statement when he said:
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
This is what a truly great leader does: they inspire people to become the best version of themselves. By inspiring people to become their best not only will people jump on your bandwagon and work to help you realize the goals that you’ve shared with them as you’ve encouraged and inspired them, they’ll make the world at large a better place to live in too. I don’t know about you, but I love seeing the world cared for in ways that not only make our lives better but also take care of it for future generations.
When you paint the way with passionate stories and dreams, you inspire people to take their dreams out of the closet and dust them off. Your belief in your dreams inspires them to have hope in their dreams. And when people feel supported for who they are and are given the tools to make their dreams a reality you end up with life-long fans and supporters.
But it’s more than just dreams, there has to be, as Adams pointed out, learning, doing and being too. This week take actions and dream dreams that will make a difference in the world and to those around you.