at the 2010 willow creek annual global leadership summit, bill hybels made a simple yet profound point – when you’re leading people, you’re taking them ‘from here, to there.’
and in order to get people to move from here, he said, you’ve got to show them what’s wrong with the status quo.
people won’t willingly change what is both comfortable and acceptable.
change is always, always uncomfortable; therefore, maintaining the status quo will always be more comfortable than changing it.
if that is true, then real leadership both requires and demands the ability to communicate that here – the status quo – is unacceptable – and offer an alternative : there
it’s the only way to bring about change. growth. progress. and regardless of your religion, politics, or theological background, most of us would readily admit that there is plenty wrong with here. there are a great many injustices in our world that absolutely must be changed. i’ve listed a few in a previous post.
consider some others, and what you can do about them ::
there are more slaves today than at any time in human history — 27 million, to be exact. In 2009, slave traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined. this is unacceptable.
extreme global poverty.
there are 1.4 billion people in the world living in extreme poverty. that’s 1.4 billion people living on less than $1.25 a day — and 80% are women and children. this is unacceptable.
lack of clean drinking water.
the water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. over 1.4 million children die each year due to waterborne diseases. this is unacceptable.
the AIDS epidemic.
about 2.6 million people became infected with HIV in 2009. over two-thirds of AIDS related deaths that year were in sub-saharan africa. every day, an estimated 1,000 children are newly infected with HIV. this is unacceptable.
these are just a few. feel free to share what you think is unacceptable in the comments section, and a link or two that will help others respond through action.