Leader for Good has a clear raison d'être*:
Help good people make a positive difference in the world.
This includes both people in formal positions of power/authority/leadership, and those who aren't.
While people in the first category often face unique leadership challenges and opportunities, leadership itself doesn't stop there.
That's because the story of leadership itself is ever-changing: once upon a time, it depended on physical strength, power and domination. Next, we saw the rise of absolute monarchies with the idea of a "divine right of kings," where leadership was based on tradition, heritage and class.
With the rise of modernity, this gave way to the concepts of democracy and meritocracy where the leader is chosen on the basis of their skillset and/or popular vote. Post-modernity brings in group leadership and "no leadership."
Of course, the story of leadership doesn't stop there. Like humanity itself, it's ever-evolving.
Leader for Good believes that leadership is mostly based on making an impact.
Based on this definition, everyone has the potential to be a leader, whether in a small or big way.
American activist Martin Luther King wasn't speaking as a CEO or President when he gave his famous "I have a dream"-speech. That didn't stop him from being a greater leader than most CEOs or Presidents will ever be.
Many of the people who resisted Adolf Hitler weren't in formal positions of power, such as the students members of the resistance group Weiße Rose (including 21-year old Sophie Scholl). Those who were in formal positions of power, such as officer Claus von Stauffenberg, acted outside the confines of their roles by committing high treason.
One of humanity's unsung heroes, Stanislav Petrov, probably saved us all from a nuclear war by thinking for himself and making an independent decision instead of just following orders.
To a smaller extent, we see the same thing happen in daily life.
Leadership is often seen as an expression of power, as being based on the status quo. But is that really true? How much "leading" does it really require to go into a predetermined direction?
Is upholding the status quo really leadership or is it just "maintain-ship"?
Perhaps leadership is actually much more subversive than that. Perhaps it requires a lot of independent thinking. As George Orwell probably didn't say:
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
The world we live in is a dystopian paradise.
Things are better than they have ever been for humans (as evidenced by longer life spans, lower child mortality, and rising living standards worldwide).
At the same time, we face unprecedented dangers and challenges: climate change, the erosion of privacy, and an ever-increasing wealth gap.
To address this paradoxical situation, we need all hands on deck. We can't rely on an external savior. We're the ones we've been waiting for.
* French for reason for being, justification for existing.
Leader for Good is guided by the following five values