Women who are leading social change are committed to serving in the global community. They recognize leadership begins with service. According to Robert K. Greenleaf, who coined the term servant leadership, this exercise of power “[…] begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.”
Women leaders are making an impact in the world by leveraging this transformative power. This type of leadership is essential for addressing the social justice challenges of our time. The demand for legal services and social change continue to grow. 46 million people, or one in seven residents, live in poverty in the United States; this creates a barrier to accessing the legal system and to exercising political power. According to Georgetown University Law Center Professor Peter Edelman, “the income-level disparity in this country is now wider than at any point since the Great Depression.” Additionally, 80% of the civil needs of poor people are not being met because of “chronically and grossly” underfunded legal services and probono programs. These injustices occur when a true servant leader fails to pick up the mantle of leadership. As a servant leader, you can work to eradicate poverty. As a servant leader, you can end the access to justice gap. This is a call to service. How will you move from inaction to strategic action?
Servant leadership compels individuals to take action which is a moral imperative to exercise the values of empathy, compassion, justice, and equity. Together, we can advance a shared vision of justice. The exercise of servant leadership offers practical, innovate solutions for advancing social change by creating a community centered model where each person is called upon to leverage his or her gifts & talents to make a difference in the world. These quotes will challenge you to discover the leader within. This is a journey of discovery where you must seek to unveil your strengths and identify opportunities where you can make a lasting impact. A key question to consider is: What will your leadership legacy be?
Women who are leading change also empower others to serve as leaders. A servant leader’s success is not measured by title, rank or position, instead the servant leader’s accomplishments are reflected in the sense of agency developed in the lives of others. Ask yourself: Does your leadership cause others to experience personal and professional growth?
1. If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time. -Marian Wright Edelman
2. Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. -Harriet Tubman
3. If you can’t feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa
4. I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. –Dr. Maya Angelou
5. Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth. -Shirley Chisholm
6. Whatever our dreams, ideas or projects, we plant a seed, nurture it and then reap the fruits of our labor. -Oprah Winfrey
7. I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change… I’m changing the things I cannot accept. -Angela Davis
8. Progress doesn't happen all at once; it's a slow grind. But a commitment to serving as an agent of positive change will bring us closer one step closer. -Mitzi Miller
9. We can say ‘Peace on Earth.’ We can sing about it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside is, then it will not be. -Betty Shabazz
10. True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.-Helen Keller