Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. —Publilius Syrus
It seems that, as of late, everywhere we look we find civic divide and hostile discourse. This environment makes it difficult for many leaders to meet a commitment to lift up men and women who want to lead or have the capacity to lead. Do not fall victim to that mentality. Great leaders do not add to the division with emotionally-charged conversation, but, instead, focus on what is in their hands at the present time. And when leaders choose to focus on greatness, it builds elite organizations. Here are four practical ways you can lead after an election:
- Remain focused on your organization’s mission.
- Work alongside government officials and have the hard conversations. Step up and remind local candidates and elected officials that the issues that are important are the ones that change the human condition, not the issues that are created to be divisive.
- Find common ground. Stop focusing on divides and strive to lift other leaders up and serve them to the best of your ability.
- Do good. Your grandmother was right: Idle hands make one poor, but diligent hands bring riches. Volunteer, serve and give of your time and resources to be a difference-maker for your community. Be a champion for purpose.
Question: Are you finding common ground and lifting your team up or are you adding to the division?