How Leaders Can Make A Difference

The 1960's song "What the world needs now is love" was prophetic. Fast forward to 2009, and what the world needs now is Love, Hope, and Change.

At LinkedIn Q & A, I recently asked, "How can leaders make a difference? What can leaders do to make a real and lasting difference in the world?"

Here is a sampling of the answers:

David Scott: "You can't say you're committed to solving world hunger and then sit on the couch eating Cheetos while watching Simpsons reruns."

Erik Skar: "Getting involved in your community by giving back to local charities and organizations. Leading by example so that others can see and learn from actions that true leaders take."

Lawrence Gelber: "It is only when human consciousness gets raised on the individual level, and thinking thereby becomes clearer and more life-supporting, that change will come. Lasting change is the responsibility of each of us, not our "leaders."

This answer from Lawrence Gelber then triggered a follow-up question: "How can we raise our consciousness and make the world a better place?"

A sampling of the many answers:

Shankar Barua: "I do believe that it is enough to *sincerely* wish to do so, because the rest will flow from that."

Greg Cramer: "Influence your circle of known people every day. You cannot do everything but you can do something."

Terri Maurer: "Like others, I don't feel this is rocket's a matter of just opening our eyes, looking around and finding a way to make someone else's day a door for them, pick up something they dropped, smile and mean it when you ask someone if you can help them, give away what you don't need to someone who does."

Susan Schwartz: "One step at a time, commit random acts of kindness, common acts of courtesy, and take some time to look at the sunlight. Turn off one lightbulb. Pick up one piece of litter. Close one faucet. Speak gently to someone who's asking for help. Give honest directions. DON'T walk on by. Buy yourself a rose. Repeat as long as it takes, or as long as you live."

Ed Rankin: "A Native American myth recounts that the Creator gathered all of creation and said, "I want to hide something from humans until they are ready for it. It is the realization that they can create their own life and their own reality." The eagle said, "Give it to me; I'll take it to the moon and hide it there." But the Creator said, "No, one day they will go there and will find it." Then the salmon said, "Give it to me; I'll hide it in the bottom of the sea." "No," said the Creator, "they'll get there too." The buffalo came and said, "Give it to me; I'll bury it in the plains." The Creator said, "No, they will get there. They will cut into the skin of the earth, and they will find it even there." But then Grand Mother mole came, the one that has no physical eyes to see on the outside but has spiritual eyes and the capacity to see on the inside, and she said, "Put it inside them; they'll never find it there." And the Creator said, "It is done." Self awareness is the key to consciousness. Be mindful. Be aware, Be fully present for others."

Sujatha Das offered two favorite quotes:

~ "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." ~Albert Einstein

~ "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" ~ M.K. Gandhi

In closing: "The place to improve the world is in one's own heart" - RM Pirsig

Posted by Terrence Seamon, June 7, 2009


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