If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.John Quincy Adams

Mentoring kids? It's just a day at the beach!

What does that mean?
Many people have a very narrow definition of what leadership is. In this quote, a great leader (read his bio for some of his accomplishments) reminds us that we often sell ourselves short. We must keep in mind what true leadership is, and how we should define that term.

In the quote, leadership is defined in terms of your actions, and what they inspire. If you actions inspire people to dream for (or dream up) better things, if your actions inspire people to learn more, if your actions inspire people to become more active and do more (towards whatever ends their dreams or education may direct them), or if your actions inspire people to become more (to improve themselves), then the quote believes you are a leader. And I would urge you to become comfortable with that term.

Why is leadership important?  
As we discussed in a prior blog, people tend to be followers in many aspects of their lives, imitating others and traveling the paths beaten by them. Those other people are called leaders.

Leadership is a way to leverage your time by way of influence. With your influence, you can inspire others to do more than you could do alone. Consider the leadership, the influence, the inspiration provided by Mohandas Gandhi or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As individuals, they accomplished much. As leaders, they inspired first thousands, then millions in their day. And more important still, they inspire people today. That is the best form of the leveraging of influence, when you inspire people even after you are dead.

Where can I apply this in my life?
While most of us don’t have the world as our stage, it is also important to remember that even history’s greatest leaders were at that same point in their lives. Neither King nor Gandhi weren’t born to families on the world stage, they became world class leaders by their actions, and how those actions inspired others.

While I have no desire to play at that level, I don’t want anything that I say to dissuade you from it, if that is your goal. However, I would imagine that the majority of the followers of this blog are not interested in becoming world leaders, so I will focus on being local leaders instead. Also, I have no experience as a world leader, so a blog post on that topic would be theoretical at best, and very short in length.

What do you do to inspire others? What of the four areas listed in the quote to you touch, or do you label the inspiration you give in some different manner? Grab some paper and write a few things down. Think of anything and everything in your life and your interactions for where you inspire people.

Consider your peer groups, work, home, friends, social groups, and anywhere else where people have asked you how you did something, or complimented you on being some kind of inspiration. It could be your fashion sense, weight loss, muscle building, skin care, interesting facts or information, or anything else about which people have complimented you.

Are you feeling a little more like a leader? I hope so. For me, I chose to focus on children and being a leader there. First, they have very low expectations, so it’s easier to succeed. Second, it’s where my influence could have a profound impact, even going so far as to change the trajectory of a young person’s life.

Think of all the feel-good stories you hear about, where inner city kids break out of the stereotype because of a teacher, a mentor, a coach or someone in their life. Someone who inspired them to dream more, learn more, do more and become more. Those people exist, and you can be one of them.

I don’t know a single youth group which has too many helpers. I doubt you do either. From Scouting (Boy and Girl), to 4H, FFA, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, local schools, youth sports organizations, so many more groups, there is always something you can do to help inspire, no matter where you live. For those living outside of the USA, you can find similar organizations where ever you might find yourself.

Even for those who don’t like dealing with kids, there are plenty of other organizations in the community where you can help inspire people. Have you ever worked with a homeless shelter or a food bank? A smile and a kind word can mean a lot, and provide inspiration to others.

Whole books have been written on this subject, so I’ll stop at this point. Hopefully, you have found some spark of inspiration, and will spend some time helping others find theirs. Help them dream, learn, do, and become more than they are, and you will realize the leader that is already within you.

From: Twitter, @AR_Foundation
confirmed at : http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnquincy386752.html
Photo by Chas Redmond

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7 Responses to If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

  1. http://yahoo.com 9 February 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Where exactly did you pick up the points to create ““If
    your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

    | philosiblog”? Thanks for your effort -Sheldon

    • philosiblog 9 February 2013 at 6:59 pm #

      I’m not certain I understand the question.

      I pick a quote, then start by trying to define it, specifically how it applies to the modern day (as many of my quotes are centuries or millennium old), or contain metaphors which might seem a little odd or archaic.

      Then I chose a specific application of the quote to modern life, and try to show that the quote still has some relevance and importance.

      From there, I try find ways to actually integrate it into our lives, or at least to understand how it applies to our lives.

      I try to end with a brief bit of motivation, and a call for action. The intellectual exercise is nice, but most changes only occur with action.

      Does that answer your question?

  2. Ally 4 April 2013 at 6:49 am #

    Do you know what year this quote was stated?

    • philosiblog 5 April 2013 at 4:29 am #

      No, but since he was born in the late 1700s and lived to the mid 1800s, I’d say sometime in the early to mid 1800s. Sorry I couldn’t be more specific. Perhaps some digging online would produce a more precise year. Good luck in your research.

  3. lisa 4 June 2013 at 7:52 am #

    can you give an example in which someone performs this quote?

    • philosiblog 5 June 2013 at 2:27 am #

      Any coach, teacher, or adult who urged you to try again when you failed helped you do more, learn more or become more. Anyone who you considered to be a role model, anyone you imitated, they inspired you in some way, whether to dream, learn, do, or become more. Hope that helps.

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