The challenges posed by climate change can seem overwhelming, and it is natural to feel hesitant about taking a leadership role in addressing these challenges. However, it is important to remember that leadership does not have to be pushy, domineering, forceful or loud.
We can approach leadership in a way that inspires others to take action towards reducing carbon and fighting climate change.
John Quincy Adams once said, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." This means that we can be leaders by setting an example through our own actions and inspiring others to join us in creating positive change.
We are all members of a community. We each have influence. We each have a voice, let us use our voice as a force for collective action and change. It was Rumi who said "Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." Technology has allowed us all the ability to create powerful platforms that can organize and mobilize many people. By coming together and communicating our message clearly and respectfully, we can encourage others to take action without being overbearing or aggressive.
We all have the ability to be leaders in the climate change space, no matter how small or large our actions may seem. Whether it's choosing to organize a rideshare, inspiring a group to commit to taking on an influential business to adopt better business practices, or advocating for sustainable policies in our communities and local governments, we can all make a difference.
Let's work together to inspire others to take action towards a more sustainable future. By leading by example and communicating our message clearly and respectfully, we can create positive change and make a real difference.