When you think of leadership, what comes to mind?
A senior manager?
A closet full of perfectly-tailored suits?
I guess the notion of leadership often coincides with this pretty crazy idea that leaders are always at the top.
Leaders are the ones who go to meetings…
Leaders are the ones who tell us what to do…
Leaders are the ones with fancy titles…
But really, it doesn’t work that way.
Because it’s simply just not true.
Leadership has absolutely nothing to do with position.
Leadership has nothing to do with age.
And because of that, leaders can be found at all levels.
Actually, I’m pretty sure that best leaders are the ones that don’t even realize that they’re leading.
They don’t have a corner office.
They don’t attend hundreds of meetings.
And they don’t wear the perfectly tailored suits.
But they DO want to make a difference.
And they inspire OTHERS to make a difference.
And because of their passion and determination, they’re successful.
That’s one of the reasons why I’m a huge fan of Rotary.
Because they believe that everyone can make a difference.
Through their youth programs that emphasize service and leadership, they focus on building the leaders of tomorrow.
And I think that’s really cool.
Because they acknowledge the fact that even young professionals can be leaders.
And they give young professionals the opportunity to make this world a better place.
Take Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign, for example.
We’re SO close to completely eradicating polio.
To date, Rotary and its partners have reduced polio cases by more than 99 percent worldwide and only 3 countries remain polio-endemic.
Now, a 99 % reduction is huge! A 99% reduction is significant!
But it’s not 100%, so we’ve got more work to do.
Today’s young professionals have the chance to help finish this fight. Within the next five years, we can make history. We could possibly rid the world of the second disease ever to be eradicated and that, my friends, would be awesome. Because at the end of the day, by joining initiatives such as End Polio Now, and fighting for causes that we’re passionate about, we can all be leaders.
Fancy title, or not. So today, I’m being a leader.
I’m joining the World’s Biggest Commercial because I believe in the cause and it’s my way of making a small difference. I’m officially one of over 31,000 participants from 149 countries!
And now it’s your turn.
Find something that you believe in and fight hard for it.
Be a leader and make a positive impact.
Because the world needs good people and the world needs good leaders. And they’re not always on top, they’re at all levels.
YOU can make a difference, so get to it.
Here’s How You Can Help:
- Make History. Visit EndPolio.org and take part in the World’s Biggest Commercial in a show of solidarity and raise awareness for the complete eradication of polio. People around the world are uploading their photo making a “this close” gesture to join the commercial, and sharing the news with their blogs and social networks to make sure that we finish the fight to eradicate this terrible—and completely preventable —disease.
- Generate Social Media Buzz. Tweet using the hashtag #EndPolioNow and including the EndPolio.org URL to help raise awareness.
- Give Financially. Visit EndPolio.org and make a donation. Just $.60 can protect a child from the disease. Every $1 you donate to Rotary will be matched with $2 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, up to $35 million/year.
- Share the good news with your community. Inform your social circles that we are “this close” to ending polio, encourage them to join the World’s Biggest Commercial and make history, and share these actions items with them for ways in which they, too, can help.
While this post has been sponsored by Rotary, I’m proud to serve as an ambassador for their End Polio Now campaign.