The Occupy movement is raising questions about leaders in business and politics.
Motivated by corporate excess and government blundering of our nation’s economic system "occupiers" are expressing frustration and anger by taking to the streets. With a fuzzy message fueled by personal economic challenges and years of feeling powerless against “the big guys,” the unfortunate reality is that what these protestors are for or against is impossible to achieve.
There’s only one way things will change. And looking to “leaders” to fix the problem is not the answer.
The challenge in the numerous crises facing our country today is that most people can identify the problem and yet feel that they have no role in creating the solution. The time has come not to overthrow our leaders, more than 229 years later our great democracy has shown us that we have perhaps come full circle - indeed, the time has come to become the leaders we wish to see in the world and pursue a different path to reach a more desirable destination.
So what is the solution?
Be the Change
Gandhi understood that it takes more than merely shining a light on an issue, change comes when a critical mass of people commit to living a different way – and actually start doing it.
Rather than staying focused on the problem (and a sense of powerlessness), this incredibly infectious energy must be directed toward behavior change and resolution. Instead of occupying someone else's space, perhaps they can take their relevant and needed ideas and put them into practice in the communities in which they live. What they are advocating is necessary for the greater good and we still need someone to do it.
Are you a finger pointer or a change maker?
Take a few moments to consider these questions:
- Are you living the change you wish to see in the world? Do you inspire others or drag them down with pessimism, fear and blame?
- How are you sharing your talents, skills and passions while supporting others’ growth and ability to lead?
- Are you a leader in the groups in which you work and volunteer? Are you giving your best and working toward greater fulfillment and enjoyment in your life or are you just “getting by”?
- Where do you live? Why? What you are doing to be a contributing member of your community?
- What do you see in the world that you wish were different? What are you doing right here, right now to change it right where you are?
If change is what the Occupy movement truly wants than pushing against failed leadership must stop. Beyond the protest – is the opportunity to become the leaders they wish to replace – and the opportunity to start doing it – NOW.