Social Leadership

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Social justice and direction are very much connected together when we think of creating a change in the world. Without leadership and different types of leaders, social justice would be a lot harder to achieve with any success.

Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher had this to say about leadership “A leader is best when people barely know he is when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” This can be translated in various ways, Lao is “The Father of Taoism” and has many metaphoric writings dating back to ancient China. For me this shows the value of having different kinds of leaders and the right kinds of leaders involved. I find this quote interesting but I don’t think it means the leader who did not receive credit necessarily wants that charge. Bringing together different types of leaders may sometimes have the effect of one person taking the credit or being the face of the success or alter.

Some leaders do not want the credit and want others to receive the praise. The “best” leader meaning someone doesn’t care about the recognition, because his job is done and that’s all they need to feel accomplished. This can relate to social justice because many if not all leaders working towards any social justice are not working for themselves and what they can get out of it. But are working to change the quality of life of others as well as themselves or their environment. Social justice requires more than 1 leader and different styles or types of leadership. What makes change in our society, for the good or the bad? Leaders who empower others to become leaders? A group of people that are different from one another who share a common goal?

There are different types of leaders and styles. Change can’t be made with a single chief doing everything to make it happen. It can’t be done with no followers that become leaders and bring more people in. We need different kinds of people with different views or mindsets to bring good ideas and knowledge. When most folks think of a leader they have the image of an outspoken, vocal extrovert who seems to always know what to say. Today introverts are not considered ordinary leaders, introverts can be successful leaders but in another way. In some scenarios, an introverted leader would not be appropriate and there are times where those extroverted skills are crucial. Introverts tend to find themselves in leadership positions less frequently but most are capable of this job. With social justice, having introverted leaders involved is essential, because of their ability to listen.

In conclusion, yes leaders come in all sizes and shapes, some lack certain qualities, but that doesn’t automatically mean that person wouldn’t be a successful leader. A good leader doesn’t need to have every quality needed for success. The best leaders are those who recognize their flaws and surround themselves with others who have the missing quality(s). Use the strength of the others, surround themselves with successful confident people and give recognition to those deserving.