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A Note of Encouragement for Leaders

Good leadership is difficult.  I had always heard that leadership was also a bit lonely.  I didn’t really believe it until I became a leader myself.  It actually is a bit lonely.

On Twitter, Facebook, on my blog, at conferences, on the mic, on YouTube – the me that you see is generally confident and moving full speed ahead.  It’s that me that gets emails every day from people saying they admire my strength and courage and style.

From time to time though, I try to let everybody know that while that tough and confident me that you see is fully real, another me exists that is full of doubts and is sometimes discouraged.

That me rarely makes it to the microphone but has insecurities, worries, fears, confusion, and generally feels inadequate.  That me is just as real as the bold me fighting to change the world and I sometimes feel like I do leaders a disservice by only showing the me that is ready for primetime.

Leaders – I just want you to know that you are not alone in your doubts.  That voice in your head that tells you that you suck…I hear it my head telling me I suck too.

Leadership is not the absence of that voice, it’s not the absence of doubt or discouragement, it’s just pushing through it.

Push. Fight. Go.

You have been called to do this.  I believe in you and I believe in God in you.

-Shaun

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A techie-humanitarian, Shaun King is widely regarded as one of today’s leading voices on how social media and a little bit of courage can make our world a radically better place. He speaks a message of hope and action over 150 times a year, has appeared in dozens of national press outlets, and is the founder of TwitChange, aHomeInHaiti, and Courageous Church in Atlanta, GA.