Thursday, May 2, 2013

How To Be An Impactful Leader In Your Community

When most of us think of leadership, we tend to think of it as being something grandiose or spectacular. We tend to think of leadership as having command of a mighty army or being a CEO of a multi-national company. And because we think of leadership as being so grand, we believe leadership as being too large or too difficult or unattainable for us.

In our minds, leadership is for great or famous leaders. Leadership is for H. Norman Schwarzkopf, General Colin Powell, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey. People who are household names and have influence over millions or even billions of people. While these people are great leaders in their own right, leadership doesn't have to be this grandeur.

Leadership can in fact be small yet impactful. Leadership can be as simple as making a difference in your small community or village. Our circle of influence can be as large as only 20 people. It's not the number in our circle of influence but the difference or influence we have in that circle.

What is leadership anyway? Many people will term leadership simply as a "influence" but it's goes  little further I think. Leadership can be why we do what we do or what we do to influence to impact others. Leadership can simply be meeting or providing needs to people in need. And there are plenty of people in need.

What I got from the above video is a new term for leadership. Leadership is solving problems. Isn't that what leaders are supposed to do? Whether you're a parent, school teacher, administrator, officer in on the police force or in the military, when we really think about, we as leaders solve problems so people can live better and more peaceful lives.

I want you to listen closely to the video I posted in this blog. When I found the video, I was in awe. How in a remote village, a boy's desire, common sense, knowledge and improvisation impacts his community and creates a better environment for his village.

I would like your comments and feedback on the video.

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