A leadership journey
They said, “If you think you’re a leader, please stand up.”
Now, many arose but to my seat I was stuck
Because I couldn’t see what the others believed.
Me? Oh, please. Who could I ever lead?
From the networking to project managing, social action to group discussion –
all these fancy words were flying about, in school and out…
My mind was spiralling out but I couldn’t…give…in.
Of course I couldn’t give in.
This role was made for me: helping people, helping children be all they could be.
There was one boy. Child ‘B’, he really meant so much to me.
His growth I thought I’d never see.
Lost in the system was all he’d ever been.
But for me, I saw the smile on his face when I gave him the appreciation that he craved.
I savoured that memory; the feeling of felicity mixed with humility – I felt like a proud mum.
And I thought that I could see his final form; the boy that he’d become…
And now? I dare someone to ask that same question once again.
You see, a leader doesn’t need to be some crazy dictator.
Once you care enough about something or someone, and you strive to make that change –
that’s it. It’s done.
You are a leader.
I am a leader
By Alexandra, Volunteer Mentor
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