Where is the greatness, the integrity, the true service to others (the people)? Perhaps it is too much to expect in a hierarchical pyramid, a model that tends to attract power hungry and easily corruptible politicians to the top? We think that if we could just find that magic replacement for the person not doing the good job, everything would return to normal and be okay.
We must stop just waiting and hoping for someone else to fix our world for us. We must see that the answer to leadership actually lies within ourselves. The great leaders we remember and hold close to our hearts often have little or nothing to do with politics. They inspire us to be better people. They nudge us into our own greatness.
The great leaders don’t tell us what to do, trying to control every situation. They know that control is NOT an expansive spiritual concept. Control results in diminishing return. Great leaders allow us to find the tools within ourselves, and external to us, that enable us build a better world. When we become inspired in this way, things can change from the bottom up.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa
“A leader… is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” ~ Lao Tzu
© Susan L Hart | HartInspirations.com
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Wow, what inspirational quotes. You make a good point that we can’t wait for leaders to fix the world for us – we have to do our best! Thanks, Susan!
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I envision a world where individuals are autonomous, free-thinking, heart-centered, and responsible to both themselves and community, a humanity working together to build a society that functions and feels better than this.