“What we have discovered together–and what will sustain us going forward–is that individual choices matter. How you see yourself in the big picture and what you do every day to become that vision you have for yourself matters. Who you talk to matters. What you talk about matters. Most importantly for the world we live in: Leadership matters.”
—Yvonne R. Walker
President, Local 1000
Very few of us feel we were born “natural leaders.” Some, though, appear to be natural leaders because some experience in their lives, or a commitment so passionate they had to do something about it, compelled them to step up and bring people together for a united purpose. Those are the people we tend to think of when we hear the word “leaders.”
Kennedy… Ghandi… MLK… César Chavez… Steinem.
What we’ve found in organizing a transformational movement arcing toward social and economic justice is that leaders are everywhere. People you would least expect transform into leaders under just the right circumstances; they look around and see that things need to change and then they step up to do something important for their families, in their communities and on their jobs. Those are the leaders who make a difference in peoples’ lives every day.
Leadership Now More than Ever
Local 1000 believes that our union, our communities and our country need good leaders perhaps more today than ever before. So we are committed as an organization to leadership development.
To become an effective leader first requires the individual to believe in themselves as a powerful agent of change. At some point, every good leader reflects on what is important to her or him, her or his family, their communities and their lives, and then chooses to take a stand. In making that first choice, an effective leader fulfills an important personally held vision for her or his own role in making the future.
We Give You the Tools
But seeing yourself as a leader is not enough. You cannot lead alone. The second thing a potential leader needs are the tools to lead. Whether you want to become a union steward, an elected officer, a delegate to other organizations, or you want to stand up and speak before the PTA, or on behalf of low-wage workers, or to save a park or a tree in your neighborhood, you will need tools, the benefit of the experience of other leaders who came before you, and a vision that resonates in the hearts of others.
Finally, great leaders understand the value of developing the leadership in others. Helping others to see themselves as leaders and then sharing your tools and experience with them will help them realize their leadership vision, too, and is one of the most fulfilling successes we can have in this lifetime.
Some call it empowerment. Some call helping others in this way charity or generosity.
Local 1000 calls it leading to win. And we make it happen every day.