Houston Forward Times

09 January 2014 Written by  Jeffrey L. Boney

LEADERS DON’T WAIT TO LEAD

superheroesAs I always share with you, it is no secret that I am a movie buff and television aficionado. I have always been intrigued by movies that feature some of our most notable and famous superheroes.

Even in their most challenging moments and lowest times, I find myself always pulling for the superhero and looking forward to the moment where he or she prevails and saves the day.

Superheroes are so inspirational because they are faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges and usually have to deal with villainous characters or an arch-enemy, who is seeking to destroy them and others.

Superheroes step up to the plate, regardless of whether they’re called upon or whether they see the danger on their own.   

Simply put, these superheroes are leaders. 

Even when they feel like walking away, quitting or giving up, superheroes continue to lead. 

Even when they are treated unfairly and vilified by the very people they are seeking to protect and save, superheroes continue to lead.

A superhero is a leader, whether they want to accept that role or not; the world would not function the same and others would suffer if they rejected their leadership responsibility and obligation.

There is not much difference between a superhero and us; with the exception of us not having some miraculous super powers.

I often hear people ask the question, “Where are our leaders?” I mean, who actually determines who a leader is and what criteria is used to gauge whether that person is a leader?

Truth be told, we need to stop waiting for someone else to step up to the plate to lead.  We need to deal with the problems we are faced with on a daily basis and start leading on purpose.

Why wait on “Superman” or the next man to come save the day, when you see the problem and have the solution?  The world is waiting for the leader within us.

Do something about it yourself and stop complaining and waiting for somebody else to do the very thing you are supposed to do or can do. 

We should take a long look in the mirror and start taking the leadership role we are destined to pursue more seriously. Michael Jackson had a hit record called, “Man in the Mirror.”

Complaining about a situation does not change the situation; it only demands that something be done to remedy the situation. So the question is, superhero, what exactly are you doing to remedy the situation other than talking?

Sometimes, we possess the power to bring forth change because we hold the solution; but in many cases change is delayed or never comes because we are waiting for somebody else to show up and make it happen.  That is shameful and it’s definitely not progress.

So what needs to be done?  Well, I’m glad you asked!
I recommend that we do the following:

  • Get involved
  • Don’t sit on the sidelines
  • Stop looking elsewhere
  • Do things yourself
  • Look for and seek out community problems
  • Find a way to address issues
  • Find at least one young person who isn’t in your family and become their mentor
  • Seek out and support local Black businesses
  • Protect our Senior Citizens
  • Address crime and poverty
  • Take ownership of educating all our children, not just a select few
  • Become more politically engaged and educated concerning all areas of politics
  • Support Black Media
  • Eliminate Excuses and take responsibility for ourselves by embracing accountability

The bottom line is this – this is a New Year and we cannot afford to continue doing things the same way as we always have.  Albert Einstein defined the word ‘Insanity’ as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

How long will we continue to be the unfortunate beneficiaries of the same results?  It’s been far too long already if you ask me!

ATTENTION: Calling all “leaders” (that means you)!

Let’s make a difference together. Don’t wait for somebody else to lead; true leaders don’t wait to lead, they just do it and make it happen.

Jeffrey L. Boney serves as Associate Editor and is an award-winning journalist for the Houston Forward Times newspaper.  Jeffrey is a Next Generation Project Fellow, dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur, business development strategist and Founder/CEO of the Texas Business Alliance.  If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.