I am writing this five days before the election knowing that by the time you read this, there will be a new President and also that many people will be disappointed by the results. This election has brought out the worst in people, and at times I have felt that the spirit of America has been lost in the hateful rhetoric. Now we must ask ourselves what we need to do to move forward.
“We the People”
The Constitution begins with three powerful words, “We the People,” and I believe these words are where we must place our focus. Whether as part of a classroom, a church, a family, a business, a team, or a public organization, we all must take part in leading for the future.
So, I am asking that we put partisanship aside and stop focusing on the platforms but instead look around at the people and organizations we touch.
As leaders, it is time to think about what really matters.
- Local matters. While some may feel that our vote doesn’t count on the national level, our actions do matter locally. Volunteer, get involved and help make a difference right here at home.
- Listening matters. This election brought out different and unique voices. Many on both sides shouted loudly because they felt that they were not being heard. As leaders in our businesses, we need to take the time and make an effort to listen to all voices.
- Diversity matters. Different perspectives can help bring about new solutions. It is important to surround ourselves with people from different backgrounds and with different thought processes. This melting pot approach is what has always made America great.
- Kindness matters. The negativity of this national election has hurt our collective soul. We all need to learn from this election and lead our lives with more humanity and graciousness. As leaders in the workplace, we must set this example.
I honestly have no idea who will be the President when you read this or if by then a winner has even been declared, but I do know that the American spirit will still be alive and well. If we can lead our teams, families, and organizations focused on what really matters, then we have nothing but great days ahead. Because we ARE the people, and we matter.