“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” ― Booker T. Washington
When I think about building a future and crafting a path towards a better tomorrow, one distinction that I continue to draw upon is group leadership versus self-leadership. We say and rightfully so that we lack leadership. The world has never needed courageous leadership more than ever. I’ve asked numerous people over the last few weeks this question: “Tell me who you think are the five greatest leaders on the globe today, and none of them can be corporate executives.” Not a single person gets past three names. For me, that’s overt evidence that we are in the midst of a leadership crisis and deficit.
I can say we have bad leadership or lack leadership, but I am responsible for leading myself in these times of instability, disorder, and uncertainty. When we cultivate the courage to lead ourselves, we change our lives while transforming the lives of those we love, lead, and respect. Each day we can control much more than we think by practicing self-leadership and self-discipline. Let’s commit and recommit to standing together and standing upon the foundation of truth, grace, and righteousness.
Be unique, be uniquely you.
— Brian Nadon
Booker T. Washington, the most recognized national leader, orator and educator, emerged from slavery in the deep south, to work for the betterment of African Americans in the post Reconstruction period.
“Up From Slavery” is an autobiography of Booker T. Washington’s life and work, which has been the source of inspiration for all Americans. Washington reveals his inner most thoughts as he transitions from ex-slave to teacher and founder of one of the most important schools for African Americans in the south, The Tuskegee Industrial Institute.