Val Sopi

Chief Product Artisan at Handmade Spaceships, Inc.

What is leadership?

Our world is constantly changing. Today's ways are old already. What's needed to lead others into progress and prosperity.

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With so much going on in the world and information traveling faster than ever before in the human existence, it's easy to lose track of the basics.

Feeling overwhelmed is a result of our values, thoughts, being challenged.

The first response is naturally to react.

Yes, we're human.

But, there's a better way.

Being aware of our existence. Knowing where we are in this very moment. Catching ourself thinking. Challenging our thoughts and beliefs. Letting go.

What happens when we're abused, though? Physically? Emotionally? Socially?

Can we just sit around and let it all go?

We can't.

Because the abuser will keep abusing others.

It's our duty to make it stop.

We have to lead.

With that, lets talk about what leadership is.

Or rather, lets first explore what it is not:

Leadership is not:

  • Punishing
  • Closing doors
  • Removing options
  • Exploiting the week
  • Making decisions for others
  • Convening only with those who think like us

Leadership is:

  • Giving
  • Caring
  • Listening
  • Forgiving
  • Forgetting
  • Being flexible
  • Changing our ways
  • Encouraging change
  • Defending progress
  • Having a big heart
  • Improving ourselves
  • Giving everyone a voice
  • Bringing the best in others

There is a big difference between what a republic stands for and what democracy is.

I encourage you to do a quick search of that.

Note: If the article above offers any advice, even remotely, please take it with a pinch of salt (as with any advice on the internet) and always evaluate your context first. See what best fits you and use my lessons as something you can bounce off of with a better approach for your situation. The same goes about this sub-advice : )