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Leadership in the 21Century

There are many leadership roles in the world today. Therefore, there are many leadership titles that one could expound upon. There is the role of the parent in the household that establishes a family and much like a business makes sure that everyone is stable and rooted with the goals and pursuits of the family. There is the leadership role of those who lead communities, shining their light of influence on all of those that interact with in today's society. There is the leadership role of the religious leader that gives hope, inspiration, courage, and depth of meaning as it pertains to the invisible forces that affect our lives. In other words there are many leadership roles that encompass us each and everyday.

To be an effective leader you must have something good and worthwhile that you believe in. Something that guides you and gives you the ability to establish the next set of elevated and enlightened footprints to follow in. Leadership, therefore, requires a unique skillset. You must be willing to listen to advice of many sources. Take into consideration your core values. Investigate. Listen to the voice of those that you are serving. You must also have the ability to internalize and make decisions that might be unpopular and uncomfortable and live with them. You must be willing to take calculated risk and delve deep into the heart of poverty both financially and spiritually, giving people a sense of hope and personal power so that they themselves can take matters into their own hands and develop ways to compete in an ever changing society. For example, I would love the ability to sit in a meeting with a community leader and hear the plans for community development and solicit community engagement until there are actually noticable recordable changes in that community. I would love to hear what dollars in the community are actually being allocated towards instead of budgets being shrouded in secrecy and masses being left in the dark. An effective leader must also give relentlessly of their time, resources, life and intelligence. People need to be able to say that they personally had contact with you in order to believe and trust in their leadership. Leadership therefore, has many definitions and just as many responsibilities. Depending on the role and capacity of the group that you are leading it can also be a strain on you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Normally, the larger the group the more stressful the job if you do not have a process mapped out for handling the groups issues. It can be a difficult role at times, nevertheless, the world needs leaders who are usually visionaries and history makers at the helm willing to interact with patience and an attentive ear in order to manifest a better destiny for us all.

In conclusion, in my opinion, Leadership is responsibility. Leadership can be difficult in that those who are being led may not be involved in the very processes that govern their lives, therefore, it may appear that people are being disciplined instead of led and ultimately left out and neglected. And a leader in this instance, is left with the responsibility of taking control of situations and looking for the best possible solution to controversies and problems that the participants inevitably encounter. Finally, The leadership role requires that one actually get involved in the process of thinking, decision making, contemplating, correcting, goal setting, mind mapping, intervention, taking control, creating, inventing, disciplining,rewarding, collaborating with others, connecting with others, socializing, effective and clear communication, intermingling, cultivating, influencing, and ultimately establishing a path to a more enlightened society through those collective corporate decisons that are made after careful intellectualized consideration.