You Are Here

You do not call leadership.  Leadership calls you…(here).

 By choko (you are here) [Public domain or CC-BY-2.0 (],  via Wikimedia Commons,

By choko (you are here) [Public domain or CC-BY-2.0 (],
via Wikimedia Commons,

Leadership draws you into a familiar place, (“Here I am again.”)  You know this space well.  It shows up time and time again, often when you least expect it.  

In fact, you have been here so many times, I’m certain you know the feeling by heart.  But with that, sometimes you question yourself and are surprised, (“I’m here again?”)  Much to your best effort, you cannot talk yourself out of what is meant for you.  Then you say solidly, (“I am here.”)

Leadership is a silent and innate

courage that you did not know you had.  It says we are not going to walk through the shallow on this one; we’re jumping in the deep. (“Here I go!”) and sometimes thinking admittedly,

(“I can’t believe we’re going here…”) via via Annie Leibovitz via via Annie Leibovitz

Leadership knows how to elicit the moral imperative that lies deep within your DNA, (“I know I am needed here – now.”)  Visceral and instinctive, it is a total way of being.  Leadership is about listening with your honed sense of emotional intelligence and responding selflessly, (“I am here for you unconditionally.”)

While you are here, it is important to remember you are not alone.  When you are called to that instinctive familiar place, others will say and show, “We are here with you.”  When you courageously jump in the deep, others will say and show, “We

will swim with you.”  When you hold that special space with someone who needs you, that person will say and show, “Thank you for being here with me.” 

You are here.  You are where you are intended to be.  You are doing the work you were meant to do.  You are growing into your calling.

Leadership is calling us.

We are here… together.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly . . .”

Theodore Roosevelt, in his speech “Citizenship in a Republic,”

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4 comments for “You Are Here

  1. Anna Nunez
    April 4, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Thank you for this, especially the quote by Roosevelt at the end. Some institutions are so focused on pointing out the mistakes that people stop taking risks and thus we do not have the opportunities to learn and grow from our mistakes. Interesting for this to happen at a school where we encourage our students to do this, but we cannot allow the adults to do the same.

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  2. Susan Petterson
    April 9, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Thank you Sandra for a well-written and timely post about the call to leadership I especially appreciated the quote from Theodore Roosevelt – amazing! I just finished reading the results from a staff survey on climate in my elementary school building… And although overwhelmingly positive, I find I focus in on the few very negative remarks and wonder how those individuals (anonymous) can perceive something so inconsistent with my intention. I came across your blog and links to Brene Brown just when I needed them! Good to know we are Here together…. Thanks again for sharing.

  3. Kim Britt
    May 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I just happened to stumble across the post and I was immediately engaged. I especially identified with the statement, ” Leadership is a silent and innate courage that you did not know you had.” This was definitely my experience as a 5th grade teacher when my principal encouraged me to seek administration…and I’m glad she did.

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