One thing about having courage is that it can give you the ability to become a good leader. Being a leader is such a big thing that takes such little effort. Like courage, the general consensus is that you need to do big things or be in a certain place before you can be a leader. All you need to do is to be someones friend. That is really how simple I think it is. The thing about being a leader is humbling yourself to be lead as well.
I can bet that some of the most successful people on this earth have had someone influence them in a positive way. For me that is something that is so important to being successful and just being a good person. Getting advice from people can be the best thing but also very hard! I remember recently I was having a conversation with my dad. Now my dad and I are pretty close. I have been very fortunate to have such a good relationship with both of my parents. So we were talking about my speaking and where I am going with it. He started telling me some things that, at that moment, I did not want to hear. I was just waiting for him to stop talking so I could go to work. As I was driving to the office I was thinking about what he had said. I just remember saying “you know, as hard as that was that might be just what I needed to hear.” I believe that I did need to hear that. Like I said, I wasn’t super pumped about it at first but after awhile I saw where he was coming from. That is what it takes to be lead. Humbling yourself enough to receive advice. Then when you are in a place to give advice, you will be well equipped.
I mentioned this at the beginning that you don’t need to be in a place of seniority to be a leader. All you really need to do is to reach out and be nice to someone. I remember the first time I saw Nick Vujicic speak. He talked a little about the impact you can have on people and that it is as easy as a smile. Smiling is one of the easiest things we can do as people and yet it can be something that can have a lasting impact. Asking people how they are doing is another great way to show someone you care about them.
So I have a challenge for you. I want you to everyday this week pick one person you can have a positive impact on. Whether it is someone you know or a complete stranger. Whether it is as simple as a smile or paying for someones coffee. Show people what it means to be kind to one another. I believe if we can do these simple acts that we can begin to raise up many more great leaders in this world!!