Since Lolly Daskal and I launched our You Matter Radio Show in January 2010 we have interviewed an amazing array of truly bright, inspired and inspiring people from around the world. Our interviews are a way for us to inquire into the limitless ways people are making a difference by leveraging their unique passions, talents and experiences.
Our message is simple. You matter: who you are, how you think, what you say, what you do matters.
One of the things that stands out for me from our guests’ stories so far is that, while we have focused on the difference these individuals have been making in their sphere of influence, some of the most beautiful stories have been about the difference others have made for them – how someone else has truly mattered in their life at a time when it mattered most. Sometimes it was someone they barely knew.
Every one of us can be that person for someone. I would venture to say that every one of us has been that person at least once. And we may never even know just how much of a difference we have made.
I speak often of the idea that you do not have to be “THE” leader to be “a” leader in any given moment.
Every one of these people is a leader in some respect, not because someone said they were, but because they chose to be and they keep on making that choice over and over. And every one of the stories shared of people who made a difference for them is an example of someone choosing to be a leader in another person’s life: not because they had to, because they had authority to do so, or even because it was the right thing to do, but because they believed it mattered, that they mattered and that the person they contributed to mattered.
When we are focused on who and what matters most to us we are most likely to experience a natural urge to lead – to speak up, step up and stand up to make a difference. When we care deeply, I think the barrier to leading is often not whether we see the opportunities to act as a leader, but rather whether we are willing to take the action.
Think about what matters and who matters to you right now. Think about what you can do or say that could make a difference, no matter how seemingly small. And follow through on your natural urge to lead . Commit an act of leadership. You may just make the pivotal difference in someone’s life, your business or your community.
What do you think? Have you experienced the “urge to lead”? What gets in the way of committing an act of leadership, even when we see an action to take?