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What Makes a Leader?

Blog Post Featured Image - Feb 20

Today, February 20th, marks a special occasion: World Leadership Day! But what does it mean to be a leader? Who can step into that role? When you think of these questions, your mind may wander to many places.

At Best Buddies Canada, we believe that being a leader is like being the captain of a winning team. It doesn’t mean that you call all the shots or boss people around. It’s about guiding your team to reach their full potential and inspiring them to be the best version of themselves. A good leader is also flexible and knows how to adapt. Imagine playing a game where the rules keep changing – leaders need to think on their feet and switch strategies when things get tricky. Most importantly, a leader keeps everyone around them motivated, even when things get tough. Especially when things get tough. Through resilience and teamwork, everyone can celebrate their victories together.  

You can see examples of influential leaders in the world around you. Take Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, for example. Beyond his achievements as a wrestler and actor, The Rock is known for his charisma, resilience, and motivation. As he transitioned from the world of sports to the world of entertainment, he showed that through dedication and confidence, you can achieve anything you set your mind to and go anywhere you want in life.  

Another inspiring leader is Oprah Winfrey. Her empathy for others and caring nature allows her to connect with people on a personal level. Like The Rock, she’s committed to social justice issues and demonstrates her strong work ethic and dedication to making a positive impact.

Best Buddies’ leader and founder Anthony Kennedy Shriver (featured in the above photo) holds all of the qualities that make up a good leader. Andrew’s stewardship and entrepreneurial spirit has turned Best Buddies into one of the world’s largest non-profits, spreading love, friendship, and inclusion across six continents. His dedication and ongoing work within Best Buddies serves as a shining example of what it means to be a leader and how one person can make a difference.

Ultimately, great leaders are those who strive to make the world a better place. We believe that everyone has the capacity to be a great leader. What can you do to contribute to positive change in your community and beyond? How will you be a great leader for others?