My new year’s wish was for our political leaders to move beyond their kindergarten games and behaviour and be the leaders we’ve elected to make good policy decisions and govern our country.
Given that my wish is likely to be unfulfilled, I’ve begun to reflect on the untapped potential that lies within us individually and collectively and the power that could be unleashed if it was ignited.
The Australian cultural fear of being lopped off if we grow beyond our station is keeping us small. The appalling role modelling from our political leaders is growing cynicism and disillusionment. Worse, people are beginning to believe the political falsehoods we hear about what is good or right for the country – and we mustn’t!
What if we moved beyond our fear or discomfort with upsetting the status quo and made a decision to be vocal about what we believed in? What would happen if each of us began to articulate our hopes and vision for the future as if it were possible to achieve?
What if we started to do things that moved us closer to what we wanted for our, families, workplaces and our communities as if we could actually make a difference?
What if we decided that even if our political kindy-kings weren’t willing to do anything, we could.
Leadership is about acting courageously and about harnessing the energy and resources of others to create a compelling future. It doesn’t have to be huge. It just has to be now.