>2010-12-03 – Friday Whisper – You Are a Leader!

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“Do not go where the path may lead, 
go instead where there is no path 
and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each and every one of you is a leader. Maybe you donno it yet, but for sure you are capable of becoming one!

You don’t need to manage a group of people to be a leader…you don’t to be a president to be a leader…you don’t need to show up on TV to be a leader…you don’t need to own a company to be a leader…
We always tend to think that leadership happens only at work, and is done by managers and directors; and maybe you tend to think that if you are not there yet, then you can’t act as a leader….
For me, a leader is someone who inspires me, brings the best in me, motivates me … A leader has the core human values of integrity, credibility, respect, and justice…a leader believes in a specific cause or goal and motivates others to act towards achieving it.
But what makes leaders true ones, is how they hold themselves during their fight as well as outside it…The end doesn’t justify the means for me! You can’t fight for a cause of justice when you are being unjust to your family or your employees. Leadership is practiced in your daily life, in your professional life as well as in your personal life: A leader here is a leader anywhere…
And you don’t need to fight a big cause to be a leader;
You are a leader when you lecture your children about how bad smoking is and you DON’T smoke…
You are a leader when you tell your children not to throw garbage on the floor and you DON’T throw a napkin from your car window…
You are a leader when you preach about collaborating and helping each other at work and you DON’T scream “can’t you see I’m busy” when a colleague asks for your help…
You are a leader when you fix yourself a goal and work your way out to reach it…
You are a leader when don’t take advantage of situations or people for your own interest against the interest of others…
You are a leader when you show people around you how to live with integrity and respect…
You are a leader when you do the right things regardless of the opinion of others…
You are a leader when you help others grow even if their light will shadow on yours…
You are a leader when you practice what you believe in, when you walk the walk, not just talk the talk…
Gandhi didn’t hire people to work for him or pay them or force them, to become leader…
Mother Teresa was a leader by being patient, not procrastinating, having humility and discipline…
Jesus & Mohamed were poor financially but rich in their values, practiced what they preached, had the integrity to deliver the message and the credibility to be believed by their followers…
Harry Truman, a former president, said: “To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.”
And Lao-tsu, a Chinese philosopher, said: “To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!'”
Leadership is earned not granted…
You don’t have to make a big difference to be a leader, just small differences every day… and don’t be afraid to go in the opposite direction for if you fail you will teach us a lesson and if you succeed, we will follow your footsteps!
Rania Hammoud
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