All of the EVOKE powers are really necessary to get ahead together, collectively, but my favourite individual power must be COURAGE.
Leaders are courageous. They inspire and provoke, they uplift and empower.It takes daring to be a leader. They're the trailblazers, the firestarters, the ones who begin the process of building critical mass for social change.
The world would be a much different place if it weren't for those who demonstrated heroic, selfless acts of courage. The ones who believed in themselves and believed in something bigger than themselves.
I can name a few to start:
- Terry Fox, the student who lost his leg to cancer, only later to attempt to run across Canada to raise funds and awareness for cancer, despite being told that he was unlikely to survive the trip
- Rosa Parks, the unflappable defender of social justice who, by the simple act of civil disobedience, changed the minds of an entire nation
- Harriet Tubman, the hero who, at great personal risk and danger, facilitated the beginnings of new lives for hundreds if not thousands of African-American slaves
These are just the big names. Individual acts of courage from all of us, from each of us, sums to the critical mass needed for social innovation and change.
So the question is -- how will you be bold during EVOKE?