Leadership Education

Yes? No? Maybe So?

Thinking about the question, “Does leadership come from a ‘yes’ or ‘no’?” My answer to this would be both. Overall I believe there are many ways to take this question into consideration.

Yes, I believe that leadership can be taken under a ‘yes’ perspective. As stated by John F. Kennedy, “one person can make a difference, and everyone should try”. It’s truly beautiful how one idea, one thought, or one person standing up and saying something that matters to them or coming up with an idea to improve the present really exists today. We see this in everyday life: protesting, speeches, movements. It only takes one person to get others involved or one person to start a campaign on their beliefs. Positivity is the best way to influence others, finding the moral problems or just saying ‘yes’ to new ideas and trying new things. If saying ‘yes’ is new, it is a start for change, attempting to make things better than they already are. So what’s wrong with change? If it doesn’t work out the way planned or wanted, at least there was an attempt for bettering the world.

No, leadership can be taken under a ‘no’ perspective as well. Leaders of today must have the strength to deny requests in the benefit of all. In my SOC220 (Intro Social & Criminal Justice) class, we have been learning in our book titled Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do? all about utilitarianism which is a theory that states that the best action is the one that maximizes ‘utility’ which is usually known as being humans or for the common good. I feel that utilitarianism can apply to leaders of today. Using myself as an example, being the President of student council my senior year of high school, I had to make decisions that not everyone wanted but I usually would end up choosing the majority opinion, to please the most people, while it being the most reasonable and appropriate request. At times, leaders have to say no. The goal that leaders should uphold would be to please people in a positive way and changing or leaving things the same, because it is benefiting the circumstance in general.

It is hard to chose just ‘yes’ or ‘no’. I really can see both perspectives and place myself in both situations while each circumstance should be taken with different precautions.