When we think of heroes and heroism, images of extraordinary acts of selflessness to come mind. Big, bold acts resulting in amazing feats. Heroes inspire our imagination with their selfless devotion to others. Long after they are gone, heroes keep giving us something we desperately need — the courage to act to make people and situations better. They show us a better way.
Heroes don’t wait for permission to act. Neither do real leaders. Great leaders and heroes throughout history prove that we don’t have to have rank, position, or hierarchy to act and to make a difference. Instead of wanting to be heroes, the best leaders strive to act like heroes every day — not in big ways, but through the small actions that cumulatively mean so much more.
By caring deeply about the success of others and expressing their fanness through selfless actions, leaders act heroically. Be a hero to those around you. Show them you are cheering for them.