These are interesting times for Latinos, from all
backgrounds. It is time for Latinos to stand and defend
themselves against insults from those who consider all Latinos immigrants. It is time for Latinos to come together and show that we are not intimidated by a few who don’t even know the history of this country. Latinos have been part of the fabric of this Nation from its inception. Latinos fought for this country prior to many of these late arrival immigrating to the United States. It is time that Latinos become leaders in their communities. So how do we become leaders.
1)Lead, follow or get out of the way.
Qualities of a Leader:
1)Be passionate about the subject matter
2)Consider the source of any advice you get
3)Listen to your inner compass
6)Encourage others to become leaders
How to encourage leadership in yourself:
1)Become active in some way in the Community
2)Find something you are very interested in
4)If something is going on in the community that bothers you get involved.
Mindset of a leader:
If not me then who?
Has a positive idea that things can be changed.
You are not always confident that you have the answer but are willing to find the answer and are willing to listen to others
Don’t be afraid of failure. Failure is not failure it is only a learning experience.
Don’t be afraid of criticism. Those that know less will always criticize.
Don’t let others define who you are.
Once you find an interest:
Set up your own group if you cannot find an existing group
You don’t have to know everything you will learn on the way.
Just be willing to fix the problem.
Leadership is not defined by having followers but defined by accomplishments
Being active in your community other communities assume that you can influence the Latino Community as a whole or speak for the whole Community. This idea is furthest from the truth.
The Latino Community is very diverse, so it is hard to speak for the whole community.
You may be labeled as an activist. Wear that badge with pride because you know you are only concerned with your community or issue.