The revolutionary war gave the United States of America the freedom she professed in the Declaration of Independence. On our 241st birthday as a sovereign nation, the freedoms we enjoy are still a reason to celebrate. The division in our country, however, is nothing to celebrate. You, the leader of people, have the opportunity and an obligation to bridge the divide.
Being a leader means that you influence the behavior of others. Ideally, you are positively influencing them toward the desired outcome; you are rallying people around a common goal. Unity in and of itself is not the end goal you should try to achieve. Unity is a by-product of your leadership.
That’s right; I just put the unity of our nation on you.
Many people are attributed with saying, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” Our country’s leadership is not a single individual or institution. Our leadership structure is one that represents the diversity of the people. Therefore, the answer to unifying our divided nation is not something that a single leader in Washington D. C., your state capital, or your mayor’s office can accomplish. You, however, are in the perfect place to achieve it.
Our nation is a community of citizens bound together by a national identity. That identity is broad as a nation and narrow as communities, neighborhoods, and people groups. We join together at country clubs, community organizations, and in the workplace. Our shared goal in these places brings us together as a corporate unit rather than as a collection of individuals.
In our time of division, you are the answer to our division. Our country was born out of division and conflict. Our loyalties were split, and our visions for the future were at odds.
Strong leadership brought together a divided people around a common goal – Freedom.
Today, our freedom is just as important as it was in 1776. Your role as a leader in our nation is to lead people, to influence their actions toward a common goal, to rally people around the common goal – Freedom.
The Freedom to pursue their happiness in a way that fulfills them
The Freedom to practice their faith, so they have meaning in life
The Freedom to love the family unit that is right for them
The Freedom to make their own destiny and not have to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors
The Freedom to engage their community and be part of something bigger than self
The Freedom to speak out about injustice and protest inequality
The Freedom to work in a career that accomplishes the impact they want to make on the world
Freedom – That is the vision, that is the call for you, the leader, to bring unity back to our nation.