Community Leadership - What’s in it for me?

November 20, 2007 – 9:49 am

Here it goes, I’m going to leak the dirty little secret about community leadership and what is in it for those that choose to lead.  The truth is that most of us (community leaders) have a secret desire to see others succeed too.  That’s right.  We have found ourselves so content in what we have around us that we have this crazy desire to see others enjoy the bliss of success.  I guess it’s our way of saying “Thank You” back to the community.

You see, to me success is not beating out the other guy or being the best over others.  To me success is personal and it’s about doing the best I can with what I have.  I see too many unhappy people that claim success.  I see too many poor people that claim injustice.  To me, wealth is to not be in want.  Sure I crave the “good life” too but I believe that this world owes me nothing and that pure gratitude should be my response to what ever I have. 

I’ve found that true community leadership is the act of giving back indiscriminately and without comparative measure to what has been given.  I’ve found that I can’t out-give this SMB community.  Sure, many take and don’t give back, but that’s OK.  For every 10 that take, there is usually one that comes back to say thanks.  That one thank you is where where I personally get my motivation to keep giving.

Email from unknown person:

Subject: Thanks!

I recently saw your contribution to the eSeminar for AutoTask. I really appreciate your time and effort put toward this presentation and can’t tell you how much you’ve helped me. I am starting a business that seems to be very similar to your business and have been seriously concerned with many of the issues you discussed. After hearing you tell your story, I feel like I will save a tremendous amount of problems by learning from your mistakes and listening to your advice. I’m reading E-Myths and can see why you recommended it so strongly.

I just want to take the time to tell you THANKS for taking the time to share and help so many.

B. J. Cowen
Cowen Solutions

I have no idea who B. J. Cowen is, but to me, he or she is a one in ten that make this worth while.   

You all have to opportunity to give thanks in your own way.  Some may choose to be a community voice, some may choose to be a community advocate, then some may choose to step forward and lead a user group.  I honestly believe that if you look inside yourself that you too have a way you can give thanks and give back.  What is it?  Attend a SBS Group?  Start a Group?  Start a blog?  Call a peer and ask how their business is going then offer to help in any way you can?  The ways are endless, just pick one.  Write it down today and set a date to act. 

As you prepare for holidays and decide in the ways you too can say “thank you”, please consider the following from Luke 17.   Happy Thanksgiving!

11Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a]met him. They stood at a distance 13and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him?and he was a Samaritan.

17Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

  1. 2 Responses to “Community Leadership - What’s in it for me?”

  2. Hey Mark,

    Awesome post! All so very true.

    The qualities you speak of are those of a true leader:

    One that gives, without the expectation of receiving.

    One that has an unselfish interest in the success of those around him/her.

    Luke 12:48 -
    “..For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required;”

    I think that sums up your point very nicely, and thank you for all that you do and give back to the community.


    By Jesse Kliza on Nov 20, 2007

  3. Thanks matey :-)

    You know I’m with you all the way!

    By Vijay Singh Riyait on Nov 20, 2007

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