Leadership is a choice

Two people facing the same circumstances at work can react quite differently.

One can be angry and bitter at the organization, the other cheerful.

The first thinks he’s angry at an event or person for what happened to him. What actually makes him angry is the accompanying feeling of powerlessness. Or, even more so, the knowing that he’s failing to take some action actually within his power, be it only choosing his attitude.

The second is aware of her power to reason and to take action. She knows that her situation is better than that shared by millions. She assumes her responsibility to change things at work or to find a new organization to work for. She is cheerful because she chooses to be.

Those who exercise their powers of reason and action are the ones who inspire others. They are the true leaders we want to follow.

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