A leader is not someone at the top. Not necessarily.
Forget hierarchy. The word “leader” is not a synonym to “ruler”. Just as the word “leadership” has nothing to do with “power”.
A leader is a guy with a flashlight.
It suddenly got pitch dark. There are three of you in the room. It’s scary.
You pat the pockets of your jeans and realize you have a flashlight. You turn it on. You guide everyone out.
Not because you must but because you can.
Not because you’ll get paid but because you care.
Not because it’s a job but because it’s a calling.
A leader is a guide.
Everyone can be a leader, it’s not a zero-sum game. All leaders are followers and all followers have the capability to lead.
Your job in life – perhaps, your only job – is to realize what exactly you’re a leader in and bring it forward.
We need your leadership.
And yes, staying quiet is also an option. But is it really worth it?