What does “everyone leads” mean to you?

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Author: Author: Brian Coovert, Cincinnati, Ohio

The idea of “everyone leads” is not just something demonstrated within the confines of non-profit organizations or direct community service. … << read more >>

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Author: Author: Sam Richard, Phoenix, Ariz.

We learned a long time ago that elephants, mice and camels – with one hump and with two – poop. Some poops are big, some poops are small and some poops are oddly-shaped. The bottom line, of course, is that while we all do it a little differently, everybody poops. … << read more >>

Everyone Leads - Andrew HenckEVERYONE HAS THE ABILITY TO INFLUENCE

Author: Author: Andrew Henck, Pasadena, Calif.

"Everyone leads" speaks to the fact that each one of us has strengths and experiences from which to lead others in life. Our unique life stories create a lens for us to lead those in our circles of influence. … << read more >>

Your Story - Jeremy WellandIT MEANS SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS

Author: Author: Jeremy Welland, San Francisco

Imagine the tremendous difference we all can make if we take the small step of changing our perspective and seeing the world and our actions through the lens of having personal accountability ... … << read more >>

Everyone Leads - Erin BuskBETTERING YOURSELF BY BETTERING YOUR COMMUNITY

Author: Author: Erin Busk, Indianapolis, Ind.

A leader is an ever evolving picture in my head. I have always admired leaders that exemplify the image of dedicated, empathetic, passionate community members. Leading is about being open and accepting that you will always be a learner who is striving toward better understanding. … << read more >>

Everyone Leads - Alicia F.REALIZING THE POWER OF MY VOICE

Author: Author: Alicia Fleming-Lawanson, Milwaukee, Wis.

In some capacity everyone leads. Whether you are a leader in your family, workplace, community, or church, you are a leader. … << read more >>

Everyone Leads - Vicente E.USING MY EXPERIENCE TO HELP OTHER YOUNG DADS

Author: Author: Vicente E. of San Antonio, Texas

I was a teen father at the age of 16. I wasn’t as involved as I should have been as a father. In 2007 I was kicked out of different schools for minor offenses and I ended up at a charter school that allowed me to get my academics together. … << read more >>

Everyone Leads - David V.TAKING THE LESSONS YOU LEARN BACK HOME

Author: Author: David Veliz of New York, N.Y.

I was raised in a very traditional Latino family. In my community, even though we pride ourselves on our diversity, being gay was not acceptable. … << read more >>

Everyone Leads - Marc McAleaveyIT’S THE PERSON SITTING NEXT TO YOU

Author: Video: Marc McAleavey of Indianapolis, Ind.

To Marc, "everyone leads" means that the person sitting next to you has the potential to make a difference in your life. You can read more about Marc in chapter 5 of the book. … << read more >>

Everyone Leads - Mike GOUTGROWING OUTDATED IDEAS ABOUT LEADERSHIP

Author: Author: Michael Grochowski, Milwaukee, Wis.

Growing up, I assumed leaders had certain traits and qualities that I didn't seem to have. … << read more >>

Everyone Leads - EbonyIT’S EVERYDAY INFLUENCE

Author: Video: Ebony Scott of Chicago, Ill.

To Ebony, everyday influence -- in your family, in the board room, at work -- can be a powerful way to lead. You can read more about Ebony in chapter 6 of the book. … << read more >>

Everyone Leads - Marcus BoatwrightLEADERSHIP CAN HAPPEN IN SUPPORTING ROLES, TOO

Author: Author: Marcus Boatwright, New York, N.Y.

One of the first things that helped me reach my passion was realizing my purpose and existence in this world. … << read more >>

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Author: Author: Gregory M. Dams, Delafield, Wis.

I listened to a wonderful lecture that Mr. Paul Schmitz gave to me and fellow students at Carroll University on leadership, and if I were to sum up that message, it would be something like this: Leadership is action, not position. … << read more >>