“We are all leaders, whether we want to be or not. There is always someone we are influencing, either leading them to good, or away from good.” – Leif Erikson
Do not try to avoid your responsabilities as a person, because you think you do not influence anyone. You do not have to be a CEO, a President or a Manager to be a leader. A soccer captain, a teacher, a parent or a colleague are also leaders. Whether you believe it or not, you always influence someone with your actions or behaviour. There is always someone looking up to you. Try to lead by example as you have a bigger impact on others than you might think.
Parents who constantly curse will probably have cursing children. A lazy Manager who is never at work will have uninterested staff that is not going the extra mile for the company. If a President of a country is corrupt, the police and army forces will ask for bribes. If a soccer captain is not showing the example and is not taking the lead when defeat is upon the team, the whole team will go down.
Try to remember that your behaviour and actions will be followed by others. If you are showing a good example, people will most likely follow in your footsteps. Do not forget that you will lead people away from good if you are leading in a bad way.
Leif Erikson was an Icelandic explorer who lived from 970 till 1020. The Norseman is often less discussed than Christopher Columbus in European history school books, but the Icelander discovered North America way before his Italian counterpart. He established a settlement on the northern tip of Newfoundland in Canada. Erikson’s father, Erik the Red, was the founder of the first Norse settlement in Greenland.