Exert Your Own Moral Leadership in This Time of Crisis: The E&C Pulse - June 3, 2020

June 3, 2020 Ben DiPietro

June 3, 2020

Exert Your Own Moral Leadership in This Time of Crisis


Moral leadership. We spend a lot of time talking about it here at LRN.


We discuss what it looks like, how a leader can go from exerting authority to earning loyalty and dedication by enlisting people to take part in a meaningful mission that allows them to express their best moral selves.


Watching the U.S. disintegrate into chaos as Americans take to their streets to demand black people stop being killed by police simply because of the color of their skin, most of us are looking longingly for examples of moral leadership from those in power.


Some people in positions that normally would be seen as having moral authority have abdicated that part of their power, leaving a void that can only partly be filled by the words and actions of business and civic leaders; by athletes, entertainers, and purveyors of culture; by churches and other organizations with influence.


The rest comes from people. It comes from us.


There are plenty of examples out there. Here are three:


The Washington, D.C. man who let 70 people stay in his house for the night so they could avoid arrest for violating curfew. The man said police released pepper spray through his window after he rebuffed their attempts to enter.


The people in cities across the country who come out each morning to help clean up after the damage caused by looters and agitators using the shield of the peaceful protesters as a cover for their misdeeds.


The hospital staff in New York who cheered and took knees with protesters as they marched, returning some of the love they have received for being our COVID-19 heroes these last three months. 


So, what do we do now at this point in time when a historic deadly pandemic shares the world stage with the centuries-old problem of racial inequality and a denial of basic humanity to people of color? What do we do now that people are in the streets, standing face to face against heavily armed law enforcement?


Many white people are asking how they can help, how can they take action that has meaning, action that will be well received by those it is intended to support. 


As always, the place to start is by listening. Listen to what black people are saying, hear their stories. Listen to those around you, engage them. Listen to yourself, take your own inventory for where you fall short in advancing racial justice, and how you can be better.


The best piece of advice I’ve heard came from basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who said white people should work “to make friends with someone who doesn’t look like them.”


That’s sounds to me like a great way to start. If not for you, find something else. But do something. Be your own moral leader.


                                                                                                            BEN DIPIETRO




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