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The Gift of Leadership and Service.

By Marisa Rivera.

We can all be a leader. We can all serve. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” We, as a people, must always be ready to serve.

To me, leadership is not about being right or wrong, or about winning or losing. Leadership is about doing the right thing and building bridges to unify the masses. The truest form of leadership is about providing service to others.

Leadership is about giving a voice to those who don’t have a voice, leadership is about choosing not to be a by-stander, but to take action. Leadership is that call to action. Regardless of your political affiliation or social status – you can serve.

Stepping into leadership can be simple. Below is a list of some ideas to help you think about service in your community. It is important to think about what causes are near and dear to your heart. If you feel connected to your service you are more likely to stick with it and really bring yourself to give your time and energy in the best way possible.

  • Does your job offer incentives to do service in the community? Maybe you can bring it up to your boss as a way to give back. Giving back brings teams together, it’s good for the business, good for the community and good for the heart!
  • Do you already have strong leadership skills and seek to take it a step further and provide a voice to those without? You may want to consider positions at local and state boards or on councils or commissions. You can also consider running for local office!
  • Are there certain issues that speak to you? There are now apps and websites dedicated to calling and writing your Congress and Senate members.
  • Our ancestors fought for a simple right that many of us take for granted. VOTE! Vote in local and national elections.
  • Do you have a strong connection to children? Schools often look for tutors, reading buddies, or help in the cafeteria. Ask your child’s school what you can do!
  • Mentor! There are many people out there in search of guidance and a little bit of time every week or every month can really go a long way.

The list could go on and on. As we plan for the future, we must ask ourselves…
If not us, who?
If not now, when?
If not here, where?
If not through involvement, how?
If not YOU, Who?

In the words of Oprah Winfrey, “…when you choose the paradigm of service, looking at life through that paradigm, it turns everything you do from a job into a gift.”

Let’s all find our gift and go out there and serve.

Marisa Rivera is president of Empowerment Works, a motivational speaker, executive coach and leadership and empowerment consultant.

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