By Linda Fisher Thornton
One Person Can Make A Difference
I believe that there is much more to leadership than going through the daily tasks and assignments on our to-do lists. In my Manifesto about ethical leadership, this is how I defined the importance of leaders making a positive difference:
“We make a difference in the world. We realize that the planet, our communities, and the long-term good of world are also our constituents. We know that our role is to think and act in ways that honor our planet, our communities and our world. We do good without doing harm.”
There is More to Leadership
There is much more to leadership than just being at the front of the room during a meeting, or working with the team to make the big decisions. I find that the most rewarding part of leadership is making a difference – in people’s lives, in the community, or in the world. While making a difference may seem like a lofty goal, consider these examples of how much difference one person on a mission can make:
How ‘Difference Makers Think’ — The Single Greatest Secret to Personal and Business Success, David Sturt, Forbes.com
How to Change the World, John-Paul Flintoff, in Utne Reader
I can think of several leaders who changed the course of my life through their support, example and teaching. Today, in your daily leadership, choose to be that kind of leader – the kind who makes a lasting difference.
For more, see Linda’s book 7 Lenses and the 21 Question Assessment: How Current is My Message About Ethics?2014 Axiom Business Book Award Winner About 7 Lenses Info@LeadinginContext.com @leadingincontxt @7Lenses
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Thanks for your comment, Bruce. You’re so right – It’s going to be a busy day if we make a difference, and it’s going to be a busy day if we don’t. We might as well make the most of it!
Great post Linda! Thank you so much for sharing the various links. It’s truly amazing how much of a difference we can all make if we just approach the day with a different perspective.