Without constantly learning the lessons that life sends us we cannot be the leader we are meant to be. If we do not see the leaders and role models that are supposed to inspire us, we must become the role models and leaders that we are craving.
You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.
A friend of mine from Venezuela shared with me that most Latinos miss the inspiring role models in their family. Many Latinos do not strive further than their parents went. A trend I see though is the thrive for higher education. However that does not automatically mean that those who have higher education also automatically live a life of less lack of money (I do not say “more money” on purpose.) or of higher status. That comes with an inner change of your perspective and attitude as well as taking advantage of the chances life gives you for more.
Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.
A few weeks ago, I decided that it is time that Latinos get the recognition they deserve. That is why I created the International Latin Freedom and Leadership Award. It is not that there are no Latino leaders in general. However most of them are focused on their own immediate community. That is why it is even more impressive when you meet a Latino professional that impacts various people across the globe. That particular aspect is one of the criteria for my Award. As lucky as I am, I found such an incredible individual. During my trip to London I met a gentleman that fit all the criteria for this award.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
This gentleman is a combination of Cuban and Colombian who grew up and lives in London, and who however speaks Spanish fluently and has also lived in various Latino countries. His name is Mariano Ortiz and he is the owner of Latinos in London Ltd., a media company that focuses on serving the London Latino community. Something that truly caught my attention was his initiative to support various highly talented Latinos from all over Latin America.
Leadership is action, not position.
-Donald H. McGannon
He and his friend and colleague are sponsoring one extraordinary individual from America to study and work in London. You will be able to read an interview with Mariano about how he impacted one of these individuals on my blog www.ALatinoChoice.com very soon. I chose to interview him and give him the first International Latin Freedom and Leadership Award because he truly acted as a leader. He is driven by a sense for contribution and the broader concern for all humanity.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.