On May 1st, 2017, I started off with a goal: to find a way to empower millennials to reach and strive to fulfill their leadership capabilities. Inspired by various humanitarian photo-blogging projects around the web, I sought to create a space to explore my own interests of leadership in a population that mainstream media and others have seemingly misunderstood: millennials.
As my life has taken me through high school and now to college, I have heard and seen many teachers, professors, scholars, and academics preach the same message again and again, that is, "I cannot wait to see what leaders you will become;" "You are all the future leaders of the world;" "You are all leaders." This idealistic message sounds like a dream to educators at any level, that all of their students will turn out to be leaders. However, this is simply not the case, and this is simply not beneficial to society. To make a case in point, I ask a simple question: if we are all leaders, who is left to follow?
While it is impossible for everyone to develop into a leader, it is not impossible for everyone to develop their own leadership skills and capabilities. From up and coming entrepreneurs to social media savants to the bright Physics major to the I-only-want-a-job-so-my-parents-get-off-my-back type of individual, everyone has the capacity for leadership. Through The Leadership Projects, it is possible to start finding it.
Gerard "GR" Dulac | age: 21 | Detroit, MI
Founder, The Leadership Projects
Leadership is... a way of empowering individuals to willingly follow one's example, to help lead others to achieve their tasks and goals to the best of their abilities.
My advice for millennials... Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. In the wise words of famous television teacher Miss Frizzle, too often we find ourselves afraid to "take chances, make mistakes, get messy." Only in doing so do we have the opportunity to differentiate ourselves from others, and find not only our leadership potential, but achieve personal growth.