What if instead of envisioning politicians and CEOs as the ultimate models of leadership, we recognized the power within each of us?
Here’s the thing about leadership. It has nothing to do with fancy titles or positions of authority. Leadership is something we all can do, because it's about how we treat each other and how we show up. With each act we take and decision we make, we have the power to make a positive difference in the world around us.
Take Star Wars, for example. I remember watching it the first time and I was mesmerized from the start – family loyalty, alien beings, beloved robots, light sabers, the powerful and brilliant Princess Leia, good vs evil, the will to never give up.
All these years later, Star Wars continues to captivate people of all ages. Beyond the creative characters, groundbreaking special effects, and incessant marketing, Star Wars inspires us because, at its core, it is about a group of everyday people who become heroes by standing up for what they believe in, even when it seems impossible to make change. Star Wars reminds us that we can each make a difference by believing in our inner power and by holding on to what is best in us.
In other words, you don’t have to be a Jedi Master to be a leader. Each of us has our own way of leading and making the world a better place. Leadership is in the way we interact with each other and the way we see the potential in ourselves and others.
As in most things regarding leadership, it starts with knowing yourself. What are your inner powers?
To get those creative juices flowing, here are some of my inner powers:
So my challenge to you this week is to determine your inner powers. What gifts are you bringing to your leadership?
Leaving you with this from the lighter side: Did you know that Chewbacca played professional sports? He even won Wookie of the Year!