Dear Future Leaders

Grace
1 min readMay 20, 2021

Dear future leaders,
we just have a few short questions.
To start with an easy one,
why would we want to be led by you?

What is your purpose?
Why do you do what you do?
What makes you different?
What difference will you make?

Will you
excite us,
energise us,
empower us?

Will you
create clarity,
common ground,
community?

Will you
celebrate our strengths,
recognise our contributions,
treat us as your equals?

Will you
help us take risks,
make some mistakes
learn, and try again?

Will you
support us to overcome
our own limitations
about what we can be or do?

Will you
break down barriers,
shatter glass ceilings,
dismantle hierarchies?

Will you
cover us in a tight spot,
stand up for what’s right,
speak truth to power?

Will you
stop to reflect,
step back far enough,
hover high enough?

Will you
show some of who you are,
your views, questions, concerns,
your joys, hopes, dreams?

Will you
care for your body
care for your emotions,
care for your mind?

Will you
be truthful,
transparent,
calm, and kind?

Will you
connect with us,
see us, hear us,
join us in our worlds?

Will you
help us to see
and bring to life
an even better world?

Can we trust you
to create the space
for us to grow,
for us to shine?

Are you ready to step up,
step in to your power -
a role model,
an inspiration?

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Grace

Traveler, poet, educator, yogi, activist, artist, writer, British-Jamaican Londoner living in Ghana https://soundcloud.com/gracelouisewood