“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.”
– Martin Niemoller
Leadership is about taking a stand when it may not be popular. Leadership means holding others accountable when they’ve lost sight of what’s right. Leadership is about making sure everyone is included, and no one is left behind.
As you consider areas to focus on in the coming year, perhaps one item that needs to be on your list has nothing to do with personal accomplishments or professional goals.
Maybe that list should include something that may only be known to a very small group of people…or perhaps just one person. But imagine the difference you will make!
Who needs you to take a stand for them next year?
I’d love to hear from you.