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Dear Reader,

maya-mathias-3-72dpiI’m Maya, the Editor & Curator of Lead for the World. Welcome to my peaceful corner of cyberspace.

Like many of you, I’m tired of all the fighting and chaos that goes on in the world – in our countries, communities, organizations and even within ourselves.

You’re probably thinking:

Oh, look at what that ridiculous person/boss/politician is doing…again. Isn’t it crazy? How could they DO that? What is the world coming to?

Yet, if I’m being honest with myself, I sometimes find it bizarrely entertaining. It gives me something to talk about with friends, family or coworkers. It’s a guilty pleasure to see others make a fool of themselves, and I wouldn’t consciously behave that way.

But sooner or later, when our fascination for the drama begins to subside, or when the things that the person/boss/politician does is affecting our lives in a very real and potentially destructive way, a few important choices emerge for us to consider.

1. We start to believe that this is the way it is, the way it’s always been, and there’s nothing much we can or should do about it. Best case scenario is to stay below the radar and hope to avoid more personal injury or damage.

2. We complain about and criticize the state of affairs, then revert to choice #1 above.

3. We take refuge in communities that only support or reinforce our world view that it’s ‘us against them’. After all, if at least one other person agrees with us, then our perspective has to be the only right one. And if an entire media outlet says we’re right, well then we definitely are because we can quote them to prove our case. Even if the ‘other side’ has valid points or grouses of their own, they must be wrong, short-sighted or simply not as smart as we are.

4. We decide to do something to change the status quo, fail to make the changes we think are right and just, believe that nothing can be done and we shouldn’t have tried in the first place, then revert to choice #2 or choice #1 above.

5. We realize that there are unifying paths forward. That there is a rainbow in the cloudy patches of our humanity. And that, no matter how deep our differences are, we can cultivate a set of shared perspectives, beliefs and behaviors to make the lasting change we seek, in order to connect and grow together. It isn’t always the fastest or most efficient path forward, but it’s definitely the most rewarding, and mutually-fulfilling, journey over time.

Lead for the World™ is about helping more of us, all around the world, to embrace and to practice choice #5.

One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.

Martin Luther King Jr, civil rights activist

The pieces & people I choose to showcase are both timely and timeless.

I want to expose you to the masters of peaceful change who have come before us, and introduce you to the amazing work that peaceful leaders everywhere are doing right now in service of our common humanity.

I want to fuel your inner courage to learn about the perspectives and pain of the human race, and to review some of the perceptions you hold about what’s right and just. I want to create a safe and judgement-free haven to explore those perceptions, and to champion the courageous steps we’ll take together to build bridges of healing and hope.

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

Maya Angelou, American author and poet

Most of all, it’s about me seeing you for the wonderful human being that you know you are and can be. It’s about an insatiable desire to lift you up into the calmest and wisest version of yourself as a leader, so that you can fulfill the important work that you feel called to do in life, in the name of peace and freedom for all.

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.

Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States

So, whether you’re a global leader who wants to change the world, an enthusiastic employee who wants to be more innovative at work, or a concerned citizen who wants to make your voice and your actions count, Lead for the World™ is your source for insight and inspiration, for empathy and understanding, and for taking that next actionable step on the path to a peaceful existence.

I’m rooting for you. Always.

Live well and lead large,
Maya Mathias
Peaceful Leadership Advocate & Mentor

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