How Can Each of Us Become a Leader?

"It is true that not everyone can become a leader like Moses. But every person, no matter how uneducated or poor, has something to teach the wisest and richest among us. No one is incapable of being a leader in some way, and no one is exempt from the responsibility.

"You may think that you were not a 'born leader.' But why, then, were you created? Each of us has been given unique strengths and abilities; we have the choice to use them selfishly or to share them with others.

"Every generation places particular demands on its leaders, and the leadership of every generation is linked to its predecessors. We have just as much to learn from Moses as from the leaders of the twentieth century; although the future may be vast, we can see a great distance when we stand on the shoulders of giants.

"Our current generation is so hungry for meaning and direction, for spiritual nourishment, that each of us must serve as a leader. Whatever you have learned, whatever you have been touched by, you must share it with others. You cannot waste time wondering if you are truly equipped to help your fellow man. When someone is drowning, you don't take a life-saving course — you jump in the water and save a life!

"So examine the areas in your life where people look to you as a leader — within your family, in your class at school, at work or at play. Ask yourself: Are you doing everything you can to influence them positively? Are you using all your abilities to inspire them intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually? Are you helping them live up to their true potential, so they can become leaders in their own right?

"One leader creates another and another, ad infinitum, just as one candle's flame lights another and another, until the once-impenetrable darkness has turned to brilliant light."