The last leg of your journey to the E-Zone is about shifting the focus from your inner self to the impact you will make on the outer world. In other words, this level is about leadership. As an E-Zone completer, you have been equipped with the foundational tools to make you successful in life. How you use those tools will determine the kind of life you will lead. But there is another level of success that has to do with your role as a leader in your family, your school, and your community. As you complete your journey to the E-Zone and reach the starting line to your future, you must realize that in order to truly make a difference in this world, you must use the skills you have gained to be a role model for others. This chapter will let you know how.
Stepping Up When No One Else Will
When African-American poet Langston Hughes wrote “Life ain’t no crystal stair,” he was echoing a truism you’ve heard over and over again in this book: problems are inevitable in life. What sets you apart is how you handle them. Most people do nothing when problems arise. When they see something they don’t like, they may complain and gossip to other people, but they never harness their individual power to effect change. Leaders, on the other hand, always step up to the plate; they have a vision of what could be and they motivate, enlighten and inspire others to make their vision a reality.
Definition: Lead•er•ship n
An act or function of leading; guidance; direction Whether dealing with family, friends, the community, or workplace, a leader is a strong person worthy of following. For decades researchers have sought to answer the question, are leaders born or created? Many theorists assert that leaders can be made if they posses specific traits. The primary trait is the ability to spur others to accomplish meaningful tasks, because being a leader involves shaping the lives of others. Whatever the source, leadership is not for the faint at heart. Leaders are those that posses the character and strength to not only forge a path for themselves, but strength and endurance to help others to do the same.
What do you think makes a good leader?