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Who me, a leader? How?

As human beings, we have the capacity to be a leader in various ways. Here are some ways in which you might be a leader:

Leading by example: Your actions and behavior can inspire others to follow your lead. If you demonstrate positive qualities such as integrity, responsibility, and empathy, you may serve as a role model for others.

Guiding others: You may have the ability to guide and mentor others, whether in a personal or professional context. By offering guidance, advice, and support, you can help others develop their skills and achieve their goals.

Inspiring others: You may have the ability to inspire and motivate others to take action. Whether it's through your words, actions, or ideas, you may have the power to energize and mobilize others toward a common goal.

Empowering others: You may have the ability to empower others to take charge of their own lives and make decisions that align with their values and goals. By providing support and resources, you can help others build their confidence and independence.

Collaborating with others: You may have the ability to collaborate effectively with others to achieve shared goals. By bringing diverse perspectives and skill sets together, you can help foster creativity and innovation in a team environment.

Overall, being a leader is not limited to formal positions of authority or power. Anyone can be a leader by demonstrating positive qualities and inspiring others to achieve their full potential. While some people may hold formal leadership positions, such as a CEO or a political leader, leadership can also be demonstrated in everyday life.

Leadership can be demonstrated in the way we interact with others, the decisions we make, and the values we uphold. Anyone can be a leader if they exhibit qualities such as empathy, integrity, responsibility, and the ability to inspire and motivate others.

One of my favorite examples that we as teachers don’t celebrate with our students is when we pair students up to help other students. The student offering help finds the work easier, and so I would describe them in their comfort zone. The other student in need of help may be in their panic zone. When these work together they pull each other into the zone of challenge. Before working together they were not learning, one already knew it and the other didn’t have the ability yet, but by moving each other into the challenge zone they have the capacity to learn. This is most definitely leadership!

Here are a few other examples, a student who volunteers to organize a community service project or a parent who coaches their child's sports team can be considered a leader, even though they do not hold a formal leadership position. In these situations, leadership is demonstrated through their willingness to take initiative, their ability to collaborate with others, and their commitment to a common goal.

Ultimately, being a leader is about making a positive impact on the world around you, whether it is in your personal or professional life. It is not necessarily about holding a formal position of power, but about embodying the qualities and values that inspire and empower others.


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