Leadership & Social Justice

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Social justice and direction are very much connected together when we think of creating a change in the world. Without leadership and different kinds of leaders, social justice would be much more difficult to achieve with any success.

Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher had this to say about direction “A leader is best when people barely know he exists when his job is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” This can be interpreted in various ways, Lao is “The Father of Taoism” and contains many metaphoric writings dating back to ancient China. For me this shows the importance of having different types of leaders and the perfect types of leaders involved. I find this quote interesting but I do not think it means that the leader who didn’t receive credit necessarily needs that credit. Bringing together different kinds of leaders will sometimes have the impact of a single person taking the credit or becoming the surface of the success or alter.

Some leaders do not need the credit and want other people to receive the praise. The “best” leader meaning a person does not care about the recognition, because his job is done and that’s all they have to feel accomplished. This can relate to social justice because most if not all leaders working towards any social justice aren’t working for themselves and what they can get from it. But are working to alter the quality of life of others as well as themselves or their surroundings. Social justice requires more than 1 leader and different styles or types of leadership. Leaders who empower others to become leaders? A group of people that are different from one another who share a common goal?

There are various sorts of leaders and fashions. Change can not be made with one chief doing everything to make it happen. It can’t be done without the followers that become leaders and bring more people in. We need different kinds of people with unique perspectives or mindsets to bring great ideas and knowledge. When most people think of a leader they have the picture of an outspoken, vocal extrovert who seems to always know what to say. Today introverts aren’t considered typical leaders, introverts can be successful leaders but in another way. In some situations, an introverted leader wouldn’t be appropriate and there are times where those extroverted skills are essential. Introverts tend to find themselves in leadership positions less often but most are capable of this job. With social justice, having introverted leaders involved is essential, due to their ability to listen.

In conclusion, yes leaders come in all sizes and shapes, some lack certain attributes, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that person would not be a successful leader. A great leader doesn’t have to have every quality required for success. The best leaders are those who recognize their flaws and surround themselves with others who have the missing quality(s). Utilize the strength of the others, surround themselves with successful confident people and give recognition to those deserving.


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