The Courage to Take Action
Leadership is often equated with holding a position of power or authority. But the truth is, it isn’t purely based on a title; it's about the standards you live by and how willing your are to take brave, courageous action to make things happen.
Leadership is about not waiting for permission, not waiting for someone to pick you, or say that you're good enough. It's about doing the work, and making a difference. This is the philosophy that Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Sarah Moshman lives by.
In an interview with me a few years ago, she explained "I'm so passionate about not waiting for permission, not waiting for someone to pick me or say that I'm good enough. I just start making my projects. I go down the road and do the work. And then if the work is good, people can't deny you."
Her thinking & approach is a testament to the fact that leadership is not just about your title, rather it's about taking initiative, being proactive, and making things happen in every area of your life.
Many of us are so conditioned to wait for permission or validation from others before we start something. We believe that we need someone else's approval or support to pursue our dreams. But the truth is, we don't need anyone's permission to start something. We have the power within us to take action and make things happen. We just need to be willing & brave enough to take that first step.
Sarah’s approach to leadership is a great example of this. This is what true leadership is all about; taking action, putting in the effort, and making a difference.
The concept of leadership is not just limited to the workplace. It really is a way of life. Whether it's pursuing your passion, starting a business, or making a difference in your community, leadership is about taking the initiative and making things happen. It's about being brave and courageous, and not being afraid to take risks. It's about believing in yourself and your abilities, and not waiting for others to give you permission or validation.
Great leaders are great role models; inspiring others to take action and make things happen.
It's about being a positive influence on those around you, and setting an example for others to follow. Leadership is about empowering others to be the best they can be, and helping them realise their full potential.
Sarah’s approach to leadership is a powerful reminder that true leadership is not just about holding a title or a position of power. It's about how you live your life and how you take brave, courageous action to make things happen. Do the work, make the difference and let your results speak for themselves.
Published 22nd April '23
Connect with Sarah: @sarahmoshman