It is not enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.Although I could tell from my photo that the quote was from Roosevelt, I was surprised when learned the quote was from Eleanor Roosevelt. I thought, how perfect of a quote to summarize my thoughts after two years in the Indiana Ag Leadership program. Great leaders don't just talk. Great leaders lead by doing.
|The Worst Hard Time|
by Timothy Egan
|USAID is working to rebuild|
Our time in Liberia coincided with the 100th birthday of Norman Borlaug. Dr. Borlaug is called the father of the Green Revolution and is credited with saving a billion lives over his lifetime. He pioneered advancements in wheat genetics and tirelessly promoted this and other modern technologies in corners of the world where agriculture struggled. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1970 for his efforts.
Great leaders realize that it's not about them, it's about empowering the people around them. A leader by himself or herself can accomplish nothing. A leader must work to create positive influence--it cannot be forced upon others from the top down.
Marshall Plan was well underway. Her broadcast would have been heard by Americans working in Europe to rebuild the same cities the US had bombed only years earlier during World War II. Having recently been to Northern Europe and seen how prosperous it was--and contrasting that to warn-torn Liberia which has made little progress in rebuilding the country--I could only reflect on how much leadership and work it took to undertake the Marshall Plan.
Leaders don't just talk. Leaders do.
By Todd Janzen
|Indiana Ag Leadership Class 15 at the United Nation's outpost in Ganta, Liberia.|
This is an excerpt of my final speech to the Indiana Ag Leadership class. If you have the chance to participate in an ag leadership class in your state, I highly recommend it.