Heroes in the Time of Covid
by Janet Peery
During the last six months with COVID-19, most of us have had to revisit how we do business – from home or office, how we travel, interact with others and so much more. Suddenly, we have been thrust into an unknown territory of a pandemic, traversing a new norm with an influx of questions combined with information overload –and (oh my!) zoom meetings!
Our creativity and resources have been challenged. Our physical and mental fortitude put to the test. Yet, we push onward. Is it from inspiration to prevail or sheer determination to survive that drives us even today?
During this time, we have seen new leaders emerge and experienced leaders triumph – but sadly, we have also seen leaders create even greater divisions. Politics and COVID-19 have increased the divides: right vs. left, black vs. blue, mask vs. no masks ….and also the “have’s vs have not’s”. Too often, the rhetoric has not only demonized the opposing view – but the person who holds that divergent opinion.
How are we as Rotarians called to respond? “A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” -Jim Rohn
As individuals and as business leaders, are we meeting those objectives – seeking to help those who are doing poorly or those who could do better? Have we sought/found opportunities to bring our community together rather than contribute to the divide? Are we part of the problem or part of the solution? How far inward are we really willing to look for answers and when we find them, are we willing to follow our hearts and serve?
Ann McGee-Cooper said, “The true heroes of the new millennium will be servant leaders, quietly working out of the spotlight to transform our world.”
In the world of COVID-19, I challenge each of us to be one of the true heroes. I challenge you to find ways to build a stronger community – with voices of diversity that find common ground for the healing and success of the whole. To have the maturity to understand and hold opposing viewpoints at the same time. To serve, with your whole heart.
Our next generation of leaders is watching – looking to us to be their example, especially during these challenging times….let’s give them a community of trust, respect and hope!
“Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.”