What Stand is the Source of Your Leadership?

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What Stand is the Source of Your Leadership?

There are those who have taken audacious stands in the world. A few that come to mind automatically for many are Mahatma Gandhi’s stand for a peaceful separation of India from Great Britain and John F. Kennedy’s stand to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. More recently Malala stands out as someone who has taken an audacious stand.

Have you ever wondered what gives people the courage to take such an audacious stand?

Perhaps what makes their stands so audacious is the pure courage required to take a very public stand for such an unlikely or seemingly insurmountable possibility. Yes, from the outside looking in, what we see is courage. Yet what motivates such boldness isn’t a desire to overcome fear, but rather choosing to make a difference that is far more important than surrendering to the comfort of the status quo. It could be to right a wrong or to realize a dream.

Either way, the courage to take a bold stand in any dimension in your life comes from passionately caring about something bigger than yourself.

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I read somewhere that the definition of passion is the willingness to die for something. Of course, you don’t need to risk your life to take a stand that matters. You also don’t need to be the one whose name is written in the history books to have made a profound difference in any cause or audacious endeavor.

It doesn’t really matter in the end, because a stand is never about the individual. A stand is about making a difference in the greater good and being the cause of a better future.

 Taking a stand is what leaders do.

Ultimately, you choose to take a stand when change is what is required for you to look yourself in the mirror and know that you are living in integrity with your values, your beliefs, and your aspirations for the difference you want to make.

A leader is defined by their willingness to take a stand for something or someone bigger than themselves. The magnitude doesn’t matter; but if you want to be a leader, consider what stand you could take. And if you already see yourself as a leader, consider what stand or stands you have already taken that define your distinct “brand” of leadership.

My stand in my life and for my work is to inspire and support people in being the most powerful expression of themselves so they can make the biggest possible difference where they work and live.

What stand is the source of your leadership?


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Mike Henry Sr.   |   29 February 2016   |   Reply

Great post Susan. I didn’t let myself read this until today (2/29) because I was offsite working on finishing my book manuscript. Your post is energizing and I appreciate your energy, courage and friendship. I appreciate how you make a stand and encourage others to do the same rather than simply talking about it. Thanks for an energizing post. Mike…

Susan Mazza   |   01 March 2016   |   Reply

So excited for you Mike! Congrats on investing in your dream!!! It takes a tribe to realize our dreams and keep us on track when we falter or doubt. I am grateful you are in my tribe 🙂

Chery Gegelman   |   06 March 2016   |   Reply

Great post Susan!

Being able to stand firmly and alone if necessary is such a critical leadership skill.

Standing up for truth and against bullies are two things that I have been doing since childhood. Not because I strategically said those were my stands but because something inside just compelled me to go there. Now, many years later I recognize that my passion for Character-Based Leadership stems from those early stands.

Tera Rose   |   30 January 2017   |   Reply

I’ve been reading through your blog and have enjoyed much of it. I am 57 years old and am in college getting my business degree. I have raised four wonderful sons and now have ten grand children. Raising them was a wonderful experience but I am discovering that I am not done. I have many things to offer and God has given me a passion and a dream to minister to the children of my community. I want to stand on the talents He as given me and become a leader in my area. I am getting closer to realizing that dream. I’d like to encourage others in my position to figure out their passion and not give up on it.

Susan Mazza   |   15 February 2017   |   Reply

Congratulations on having the courage to design your next chapter of contributing your gifts to the world Tera! I hope you continue to find insight and inspiration here.