Citizen Leaders

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What defines one’s worth? How do you situate yourself into the myriad of tangled webs that form your life? How does worth, and a sense of being, cohabitate within the day to day schedule of today’s busy lives? What is it that makes people step out, or more appropriately, step up to a position that benefits more than just themselves? The purpose of this paper is to examine the idea of the citizen leader with respect to why we have such leaders, the common characteristics found within this group, examples of various citizen leaders amongst us, and the benefits of this style of leadership. I have to say firstly that I am not yet a citizen leader. I would like to be but I am not. Not that ideas are not circulating in my brain. They just have not emerged, nor have I had the time and commitment to take on the challenge. The question for many might be, what is a citizen leader? One who leads citizens would be the obvious quick answer. In The Leaders Companion (1995), Wren includes the chapter called Defining a Citizen Leader, which was written by Richard Couto. In this chapter Couto describes a citizen leader as follows: “The citizen leader I have in mind facilitates organized action to improve conditions of people in low-income communities and to address other basic needs of society at the local level. Their goal is to raise the floor beneath all members of society, rather than to enable a few to touch its vaulted ceiling. Sometimes citizen leaders work for change, protesting proposed toxic waste dumping near their homes, for example. In all cases, they exhibit the leadership which occurs when people take sustained action to bring about change that will permit them continued or increasing well-being. They recognize the existence of c... ... middle of paper ... ... Criticisms. Retrieved July 23, 2010 from Me to We. (n.d.) Retrieved from Morse, S.W. (1989). Developing the Citizen Leader. How We Live Together. Retrieved July 16, 2010 from TRU Moodle Peace Heroes. (n.d.) Retrieved from Personal conversations – Terry Lake, MLA, Kamloops - North Thompson, July 22, 2010 Personal conversations – Capt. Charles Moore, founder, Agalita Marine Research Foundation, May 28 - June 1, 2010 & July 21, 2010 Run Club. (n.d.) Retrieved from Save the Children Canada. (n.d.) Retrieved from Wikipedia, Craig Kielburger. Retrieved from Wren, J.T., (1995). Leaders Companion: Insights on Leadership Through the Ages. New York, NY, USA: The Free Press
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