Leader or Not

Today’s post is short and sweet.  My daughter with my inspiration.  Talking with my 14 year old this morning.  I asked her one question, do you want to be a leader or a follower?  Of course she said a leader.  So my next statement was simple, stop being part of the sheep.  Let me explain.  Have you ever seen sheep during herding?  The dog is in control.  My daughter is in the ninth grade, going to the tenth, and I know that she is a leader.  She’s a great kid in a small package that has the ability to be a vocal change agent.  She doesn’t see it yet though and she spends her days in her box comparing herself to her friends.  She has the ability to be a great leader and to stand out from the crowd, but has spent the past school year being content with being a part of the background noise.  She does not let her skills or abilities shine through.

I feel that the message that we need to give our kids that we know are strong and have the qualities of being a leader that they can do it. Ask them, do you want to be a leader or follower?  Now I know that not everyone is built to be a leader.  I recognize this, but children have the ability to be cultivated into strong leaders.  They have the opportunity to be creative leaders.  I feel that teaching kids the difference between being a leader and a follower will eliminate bullies.  Leading has to be taught in a healthy manner.  I have seen and learned that kids have the ability to be strong advocates at any age.

So this morning, I took away from my conversation with my daughter that she is scared to step outside of her comfort zone, but I told her that even if she is scared, she can still take a step forward and step outside of her comfort zone.  Have that conversation, with it being Memorial Day, we need to raise a nation of leaders instead of a nation of followers.



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