A few months ago Colin Lewis took a stand for a group of disadvantaged children in his community. He has been investing his time as well as donating the proceeds from subscriptions to his Wisdom Notes to the orphanages supported by the Chiva Foundation. As a subscriber I can say they are truly remarkable and highly recommend them to my readers.
Through his words and deeds Colin provides us with a great demonstration of one of the fundamental Acts of Leadership: Taking a Stand.
He has woven his own personal experience, resources and capabilities into a way to make a difference in something he cares deeply about. We all have the opportunity to take stands based on our own personal experiences, resources, capabilities and commitments. It can be in our families, our communities and/or our places of work. Our stands can be of “ending world hunger” proportion or impact only a small few. Bigger is not better. It all matters. The place to start is with what matters to you now.
Why take a stand?
Because while we can make a difference by going quietly about it in our day to day actions, the moment we take a stand we invite others who share that commitment to join us. Perhaps that is one access of transforming an act of kindness into an act of leadership.
The moment we share a stand, our heartfelt commitment to a possibility, with others is the moment we can begin the conversation of how to make that possibility real. It can be scary. After all we have to be willing to stand out to stand up for something. Yet if our stand comes from our heart, chances are it is in the hearts of others, too.
In following Colin’s quest to support the Chiva Foundation I was reminded of something I wrote in 2001 in response to an event that tore at the heartstrings of everyone in my community. The title is “Every Child is Our Child”. Click here if you wish to read it. Thank you Colin for reminding us that every child truly does matter. That is a stand each and every one of us can take. Even if we only impact the life of one child, it makes a difference.
So what do you care about that is worth taking a stand for now? What stand(s) have you already taken? Colin provided us with a great example. I am sure you all have many more. And by sharing them here you never know who might be ready to follow your lead and join you.