Being a leader is hard these days, it means you have to take a stand, go against the crowd and maybe go against your friends, it means having a mind of your own. It means telling people that you cannot be manipulated and molded to fit their agenda but instead that you will walk through life with your head high and take the right path.
Sometimes it means standing up against a group of people — my mind goes straight to bullies and how true leaders will stand up for the little
guy girl and defend what your heart knows is right not what the crowd is doing.
There have been many times in my life where I have taken an unpopular position and I have been afraid, afraid my friends would reject me because I didn’t go along and sometimes I was right and sometimes I was wrong. Sometimes, we are all just waiting for the one person to do the right thing first because we are all afraid to do the unpopular thing, even if it means protecting someone else.
In this world of bullies we need leaders. We need people who will say, “that is not okay” and defend someone else, not because we know them but because it’s the right thing to do.
Leaders are hard to come by. They are people with integrity and guts – the guts to be nice, the guts to use their voice, the guts to get involved.
I was watching the news the other day and a woman was being attacked – kicked, punched – and it was in the middle of the day right on the sidewalk. But what stunned me more than the horrible people that were doing this TO her were the fearful people who just walked by and did nothing at all. They didn’t call the police, didn’t stop and help — they just kept walking. Thankfully this woman was okay in the end, but where were the leaders? Where were the people who were willing to take a minute and help?
I am not saying you should get so involved that you get hurt (I’ve done that, ouch!). I am saying USE YOUR VOICE! If something is wrong, say so. If people are bullying someone, say so. Be the voice that takes people down a different path, don’t just follow — lead! It can be scary, I know, but in the end you’ll know you did the right thing.
Until next time…