Leaders Must Fight a Common Enemy: Indifference


The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.

The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.

The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.

And the opposite of life is not death, It’s indifference.

 Elie Wiesel

Fighting indifference is what effective leaders do.

Leaders don’t represent a particular gender, race, religion, or position in an organization, they represent all of us.

Leaders don’t see what makes us different, they see what makes us the same.

Leaders don’t like vanilla, they like rocky road in all its variations.

Leaders don’t have to change the course of human history, they just have to make a dent in it.

Leaders don’t fear fear, they live with it.

Leaders don’t look away, they establish eye contact.

Leaders don’t accept indifference, they engage.


Engagement is the job of a leader. Engagement is our job.

We can’t wait for others to figure it out.

We can’t wait for everything to be black or white. That’s why the world needs leaders – to step up, to step into indifference and uncertainty and say, ” I got this one.”

Good, I say. Go for it until someone tells you stop. Don’t worry –  that won’t happen.

No need to wait for the answer. Understand the question, look in the mirror, and find the answer.

The world needs leaders who really give a damn, and that means  we have a responsibility to each other to fight indifference.

Not tomorrow.





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