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Amy's Reflections

August 10, 2017

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”~ John C. Maxwell 

I recently read an article that shared sociologists tell us that even the most introverted people will influence 10,000 others in an average lifetime. That is a lot of influence in the lives of those we come into contact with. I would imagine that it is even more so in healthcare. This article goes on to challenge our thinking with regards to how we define leadership. At any given point in time during the day, we are both leaders and followers, and the transition back and forth is seamless depending on the situation. If we define leadership based on the influence rather than title or authority, we begin to see the impact we can make at an individual level. Using your influence for a worthwhile cause is leadership, and you do it every day.

In some of our life lessons at home, we talk about role-modeling the behavior you expect from others. We have had a lot of discussions around this over the years in some form or fashion, and it always comes down to how you can positively affect change. My challenge for this week is to reflect on how you are personally leading right now? Are you using your influence to further a worthwhile cause, or are you using your influence to impede progress? Never underestimate your own leadership abilities; pursue you natural strengths and go leave your mark on this world!

“Each day you are leading by example. Whether you realize it or not or whether it’s positive or negative, you are influencing those around you.”~ Rob Liano

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