We all have a sphere of influence. From parent to teachers, from elected officials to hospital workers, from bus drivers to celebrities, from community organizers to stay-at-home moms—we are examples to others. People follow our lead, our example. We are all leaders in some fashion.
But true leaders? That’s another issue.
I created this True Leader Pledge almost four years ago because I realized that I can’t ask ANYONE to do something that I am not willing to do. Four years ago, we observed behavior from potential “leaders” which left us astounded, concerned, angry, and less-than-optimistic-but-hoping-for-the-better.
Sadly, it’s deja-vu all over again. It has become far worse than we anticipated. So, here’s the deal. I believe each of us has the choice to pledge that OUR BEHAVIOR will model what true leadership looks like. If we commit to how we will act in our sphere of influence, we can then hold this pledge as a beacon to others.
Please go online. Sign the pledge. Email it to others. Post where people can see it. Send it to officials.
Then, let your voice be heard. Gandhi declared, “We must be the change we wish to see.” Complaining and moaning will not create the world we wish to give to all children. Only action will. And action comes from our behavior.
You can find the True Leader Creed at https://www.trueleadercreed.com I look forward to seeing your name added. Pass along freely, widely. Because you care!
Remember the words of Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, “The opposite of love is not hate. It’s indifference.”
PS: It’s also in Spanish.