Thought for the Week


Something to think and pray about this week


I use a straightforward dictionary definition of leadership when I conduct workshops: Leadership is the ability “to point out a way, direction or goal . . . and to influence others toward it.” Isn’t it true that each of us is leading in one way or another all the time? Parents are “pointing out a way” for their children when they model virtues such as patience, discipline, or fairness—or, unfortunately, when they model racism or greed or self-centeredness. We can lead for good or for ill. Students point out a way when they model hard work and a commitment to personal growth. As the great humanitarian Albert Schweitzer put it, “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”

- Excerpted from Make Today Matter by Chris Lowney