How Leadership Can Save the World

There are a ton of articles out there on leadership and how to be a better leader. If that’s the content you are looking for, I suggest heading over to my friend Christopher R Jones’ site, Authentic Leader, for some quality tips and action plans. Or, if you want some lessons in leadership from the master himself, JJ White’s BFF is Dale Carnegie (not really, but he does have an amazing way for you to access Carnegie’s knowledge through his courses). 

If you want to know why leadership will save the world, keep reading.

Why Leadership?

Have you ever heard the expression, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for his lifetime?” 

It’s not exactly like that, but it’s close. 

Here’s the gist: If you personally do something positive, whether by yourself or through your company or business, you make a positive impact on another person. But if you want to have a larger impact, you need more than just yourself. You need a team of people equally excited to go out and positively impact others. 

In a society full of individuals who do not respect their boss or don’t like the company they work for, being a positive leader makes a huge difference. 

By providing positive leadership and inspiring your team to make a difference, you exponentially multiply the impact your business has. And if you lead in a way that also cultivates future leaders and builds long-lasting relationships, there is really no end to the ripple effect your leadership efforts can have on the world. 

Constantly Create Leaders

When you empower your team to step up and become leaders themselves, you have a profound impact on so many people. It is difficult to measure (and almost impossible to overestimate) the impact that encouraging a team member to lead will have on the clients they serve, their fellow team members, their family, and pretty much every other person around them. 

If you look at every individual in your organization as a leader in some way, it becomes easy to support them. One way to empower your team members is by giving them more autonomy and a greater sense of ownership for their contributions to the company. Doing so can lead to an increase in client satisfaction, productivity, and morale. You may also find it inspires other teammates to step up and lead, rather than waiting for direction on how to use their purpose to have a positive impact on this world. 

Inspiring your team and creating a leader-minded environment provides psychological benefits to every person involved. It doesn’t matter whether your team member is introverted, extroverted, or has a totally unique personality profile. Feeling a sense of ownership and purpose and being encouraged to lead confidently will inevitably lead to a higher satisfaction and a greater sense of alignment overall. 

Remember, leadership is not just for the workplace. You may be creating leaders in a volunteer role or even at home, by raising your kids. No matter where you inspire leadership, you are creating stronger connections, families, and organizations. You are supporting the impact other people make. 

I truly believe that with enough positive leaders, we will create a cascade of positive impact that, in the end, will change our world for the better.

We’ve already started, with all the people you and I have positively impacted today. 


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