Leadership is not just what we do it is also about who we are. Depending on which assessment we take some of us are classified as drivers, or type A’s, or commanding. We often look at the world around us and see so much that needs improvement.
We think: There is so much to do, it will take such a long time and I’m just one person.
Many times these observations deflate us into inaction, we reach paralysis by analysis and we do nothing instead of something because we can’t do everything. But we must understand, even when it comes to making a difference, something beats nothing.
Where do we start? A Chinese proverb says a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
We must take a step, any step, to begin the process of making a difference.
Can we finish? The famous Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi, noted “It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
As leaders, we understand that results matter but our desire to see the end result should not undermine our desire to produce a good result.
I am just one person. Edward Everett Hale, a 19th century author and pastor is quoted as saying “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
Or put another way, we can only do what we can do, but people of good conscience should never fail to do what they can do.
The world needs us, our talents, our skills, and our desire to make the world a better place. Jump in!