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Leadership ... and Charitable Giving

There IS a responsibility that goes with leadership, beyond a leader's day job ... more specifically as it relates to supporting the community. Anyone who has achieved a level of success has worked hard, studied, sacrificed and given a piece of their self to become a leader in their company or their community. It is easy for people in that position to feel that they deserve their success, they earned it and the rewards that they reap belong to them. And they would be right ... to a point.

I contend that EVERYONE in our society has a duty to give something back to those who are less fortunate, to those who need a lending hand. Our children will be paying the price if we don't get this right!

If you are a leader then your responsibility is even greater ... you need to set an example! You need to give more ... not just dollars, but time, energy and knowledge also! If our leaders are not willing to "ante up", then why should anyone?

Wikipedia defines leadership as the ability to get people to follow voluntarily. A leader's power is very clear in their day job, but this society of ours expects our leaders to apply that skill to greater things. Being a leader in your job is good, well done! But it really is just a start ... all leaders need to be giving a little more.

OK I can hear you ... you are busy! So am I! It doesn't stop me from being involved in numerous charitable and community ventures. It certainly doesn't stop me for encouraging my management team to be involved ... to give back. I look around and am sometimes shocked at the great business leaders who are not visible in their communities.

If you are a leader then you have been blessed with success ... give something back! Use some of your talents to make this a better world for all of us ... your children will thank you, your neighbors will thank you and those people who really need your help will certainly thank you.

Postscript: If you want to read some of my previous blog entries around charitable giving, then here are some references:

In September I wrote about the United Way and the great work they do in our communities. If your perception of this organization is in any way dated you might want to find out what they are up to these days ... you might be surprised.

In May last year I wrote about individual giving and developing the habit of supporting those who need our help.

A couple of years ago I wrote about corporate giving and gave an example of why my company supports one particular event.