By Lynne Deane, red belt
In general, an effective leader breeds an organization of followers with like qualities. For good or ill. A leader with compassion, empathy, and ethics will draw to them and build an organization that works towards a positive goal complimentary to those traits. Leaders who breed followers by intimidation and bullying will breed an organization of bullies. Both can be effective in getting their way – but as an organization working for the good of the community, it is imperative why the CTI promotes effective leaders of good.
With so many distractions and focus on the negative, the CTI student has a real potential to positively impact their community, their class, their work environment, or wherever they interact with people. CTI students need to be leaders in their community to promote a positive impact on that community. A lot can be done with leadership by example. A CTI student, younger or older, can lead their peers by being a good example and by being proactive when it comes time to helping the class or work environment, and also by going above and beyond with activities such as volunteering.
As a result, we all benefit from the CTI student taking on a positive leadership role and the school’s credibility grows and with that grows the school’s potential future impact. The CTI student’s positive impact on their community is a positive donation to the karma bank – which implies that only good can come of it for all impacted.