Have you ever considered what the world will be like in the next few years? Will technology have advanced so much that cars would fly and vacations could be taken on another planet? Will the effects of violence and crime still ripple outward causing fear, hate and mistrust, or will the value of having a moral character stop the fighting and wars? Will our society be better or worse?
Whose responsibility is it create and maintain a safe world for our children to grow up in? The truth of the matter is, our children’s future is too important to hope that someone else will make a difference. It is up to each and every person to consistently demonstrate character skills that will result in peace between individuals, society, and the world. This is the only way to ensure that our children’s future society will be safe and secure for all people.
Character, along with positive leadership skills, will enable you to make a difference in your life and the life of others. You can make a difference. Start today. How do I know this? Well, because you are reading this article and have a strong desire to be educated in improving yourself. You are interested in being a leader. You may thinking, just who is a leader? I’m glad you asked because I would like to discuss this all important topic of leadership.
“Take me to your leader, earthling!” Apparently even little green men from ‘Mars’ know the value of leaders within a society. In ancient and modern times, the need for leadership has always been important. Without strong leaders, a society lacks guidance and direction. All throughout history, certain people were designated to guide and direct others in a particular direction. These people were called leaders. They have authority over and are responsible for those who choose to follow them. Leaders are not defined by age, gender or nationality. Leaders are simply people who possess qualities and skills that motivate and encourage others towards specific goals.
Leaders can be found in all areas of our society. There are religious leaders, governmental leaders, community leaders, political leaders and even gang leaders. Some leaders are responsible for an entire country, while others are responsible for a small city. Some leaders have a lifetime position in the office they were chosen to govern, while others are there only for a certain time frame.
We are literally surrounded by leaders. In every activity, organization, town and nation there are leaders. Regardless of whether someone is the president of an organization or the coach of the basketball team, their leadership style will basically fall into one of two categories, positive or negative. Leaders, just like everyone else, can have both great and bad character and personality traits. Keep in mind a great personality does not guarantee a great character.
You can always distinguish a positive leader from a negative one by the outcome of their actions, beliefs and ideologies. You’ll find that negative leaders lack integrity. They may be selfish, or lack compassion and respect for life. They usually consider only their own opinions or those who reflect their opinions. They don’t exemplify to their followers the importance of achieving a positive moral character and the benefit of attaining positive goals. In many instances, negative leadership has resulted in hatred, violence and death.
Positive leaders, on the other hand, are people of integrity. They maintain and consistently demonstrate their positive moral character through their beliefs, attitudes and actions. They motivate others to also attain positive moral characters and to strive towards excellence in all areas of their lives. In addition to this, positive leadership will result in a ripple effect that will be advantageous not only to the individual but to society as a whole. Hence, the deciding factor between a positive and a negative leader is the same thing that decides the quality, either positively or negatively, of all people… Character!
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