You don’t have to own a company or manage budgets and run a team of people to be a leader. Leadership is within all of us. I think we can all agree on that philosophically—that we can all be leaders—but the problem is that lots of people forget this, choosing for their fallback to be criticism and complaint. In some ways it’s easier to criticize the people “above” us and to complain about the way things are, instead of taking a deep breath and saying, “Okay, this is the situation—what can I do to influence it? How can my great attitude and my ideas and my support play a part in making things better?’

In my mind, the best leaders (whether they have the title or not) are people who consistently show a bias for action and positivity. Instead ...

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