As I look around in our community I often stop to ask myself, where have all the leaders gone?
We have become a cynical people. Politicians cannot be trusted; they simply want to get into power. The media behaves like a pack of rabid dogs looking to find skeletons in the closets of anyone who steps into a prominent leadership role. We glorify sports figures and movie stars, that is until they fall from grace. We are a cynical people.
Why would someone want to lead others in our society? What is in it for them?
Certainly they can count on being criticized. They can count on resistance. They can count on the fickle behavior of fair weather followers. They can count on failing before finally figuring out how to get it right.
So once again why would anyone want to lead in such a discouraging environment?
To those of us who do lead this is the wrong question. We have to lead; we can do no other thing. However this does not help those among us who may be a leader and not know it yet so back to the question.
If you love to learn, learn to lead. If you love to see a great purpose come to be, learn to lead. If you want to right a social injustice learn to lead. If you want to help people heal learn to lead.
The benefits of leadership cannot always be measured in monetary terms, nor can they be understood by words such as status or privilege. No the benefit is in the heart of a true leader, it resides in the knowing that good has been done today.