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Leadership Beyond Position and Title

Imagine wielding the power to influence the world, not from a grand podium, but through everyday actions that spark change. Leadership isn't confined to the corner office—it flourishes in the heart of those who dare to inspire. You hold that power. The question is, will you step forward and lead?

Phil McKinney
Phil McKinney
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Leadership Beyond Position and Title
Statue of John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, once said:

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader."

This statement is a powerful call to action that should resonate with everyone who hears it. It urges us to step out from the shadows of passivity and indifference and assume the mantle of leadership, regardless of our position or status in society.

The world is full of armchair critics, people who are quick to point out what's wrong but slow to offer solutions or take steps toward change. They sit on the sidelines, waiting for someone else to do the heavy lifting. But leadership isn't about waiting for others to act. It's about taking the initiative, making the first move, and setting an example that others can follow.

The beauty of this form of leadership is that it's accessible to everyone. You don't need a fancy title or a high-ranking position to be a leader. All you need is the willingness to act and inspire others to do the same. In this sense, leadership is less about authority and more about being an inspiration. It's about making an impact that ripples across society, affecting individuals, communities, and, eventually, the world at large.

But remember, the journey of leadership is not a sprint; it's a marathon. It requires patience, persistence, and resilience. There will be obstacles and setbacks along the way, but that's part of the process. It's about staying the course, even when the path gets tough.

My admonition: Don't wait for others to make change happen. Be the change you want to see in the world. Start with your neighbor, then your neighborhood, and then your community, state, nationally, and globally.

Remember what John Quincy Adams said: if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.

So go ahead and take the first step.

Inspire. Dream. Learn. Do. Become.


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Phil McKinney is an innovator, podcaster, author, and speaker. He is the retired CTO of HP. Phil's book, Beyond The Obvious, shares his expertise and lessons learned on innovation and creativity.


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