With all the self-affirmation memes and poetic scripts that seem to feature in so many posts on social media, evidence suggests we have certainly reached the age of proclamation. Throughout social media threads, scores of stories with moral attributes provide guided direction for becoming a great leader of influence. There are even online tests to determine one’s social style or leadership skill, which incidentally, leads one to wonder how some remain functional.
All kidding aside, it’s a noble feat to encourage others to contribute and lead by example. The notion serves as an attitude check and keeps the overall goal in focus. Just as a stone skipped across a still pond creates a ripple, actions in our daily lives have the same effect. The ripples created in the pond may span the width of water, moving reeds and debris both above and below the surface. You may not personally witness the change created by the effects of the stone, but trust that the movement occurred.
How many times have you been disgruntled, only to be challenged further by poor customer service or lack of consideration? The scenario can quickly become a snowball effect turning a volatile situation into insurmountable chaos – you know the old, “making a mountain out of a molehill” adage. However, just the opposite can prove true with a positive attitude and charitable heart. A sour situation can be resolved with just the right approach.
The effect does not end there, however. People watch, emulate and remember examples set by others. Think about those who have made an impact in your life, and the reactions you attribute to their leadership. Consider those same mannerisms setting the stage for generations to come, and the impact to those in witness. Ask yourself if you are you spreading attitude, or gratitude?
The founding principle of our Fraternity is compassion; the charitable heart to support family and community. That same principle should hold witness in our approach in and out of our fraternal interactions setting the example of our mission and providing testament to the success found in Mooseheart and Moosehaven. The ripple effect easily leads others to follow in example and becomes a movement to span generations to come. Much like the simple stone in the pond, positive leadership is more than a daily affirmation, it’s a commitment to make a change, both one you may witness and one you may not – with the same result: change.
Reposted from Moose International