Leaders Stand Out in the Service of Others.
Today’s headlines are screaming with human tragedy. The refugee crisis has come into the homes of all of us as we consider what it would be like to one day have a solid roof under our heads and the next be homeless and hoping a foreign country will take us in.
Now more than ever, our leaders – political and otherwise – are being asked to step up and help – to extend a hand and resources to the growing throng of refugees escaping war torn Syria and surrounding countries.
This is the time that leaders need to step up and shine. Service to others. Empathy. Caring. Employing available resources to help others.
But true leadership is not just about shining when the cameras are rolling. True leadership is about doing the right thing from the outset. Policies and laws should not have to be rewritten when the times get tough. They should be in place already.
Leadership is about consistent, dedicated service to others.
Some of you may know my friend Dave Toycen, Past President and CEO of World Vison Canada. This is a leader who was, and still is, dedicated to the service of others. Financially, spiritually, physically, Dave and his wife Diane and, as a result, the whole World Vision family are wonderful of examples of leadership in action.
So what are you doing today to serve others?
Does your team spend time out of the office helping others – and not just during the holiday times?
Do you take time to work with organizations who need your leadership skills and business knowledge?
Does your company have a fund that is used to support local charities?
Are you currently thinking about what you can do for the hundreds of thousands of homeless refugees trying to escape the war zones?
Leadership is tough. Along with the day-to-day stresses of running an organization and the annual effort it takes to satisfy stakeholders and customers you are also required to pay attention to, and serve others, in your community, country and around the world.
Yes. Leadership is tough. So is being homeless.