I wrote this post one year ago today, predicting a rise in new, diverse and inclusive leaders in the Trump Era. I believe these words to be even more true now than ever.
This past year has surely offered us copious examples of destructive leadership. But it's also given rise to a tidal wave of new, inclusive leaders. 2017 brought fresh faces running for -- and winning -- public office for the first time. A Liberian refugee becoming mayor of Helena, Montana; the first transgender state legislator -- a 33 year old! -- elected in Virginia. A slew of everyday people who never saw themselves as politicians who felt compelled to serve, and found broad support to do so.
And many more of us are finding our own leadership voice in and outside of our professions, whether that's speaking truth to power; courageously standing up for what's right; or even starting new organizations better reflecting our values.
2018 will be the year in which a new type of leader emerges and takes root.
The future of leadership lies in people who embrace and develop a mindset of humility, service, integrity and courage.
The concept of being a leader will rapidly transform from something "for other people to do," to "hey, that's something I can do!" That future-looking leadership mindset requires no skills, no pre-requisites. It's readily available and accessible to all.
Boisterous and boastful leadership granted solely by virtue of title will be replaced by a groundswell of smaller acts of service which will -- collectively -- reshape our world.
The future is built by changemakers. And, we the changemakers are ready.