“The first responsibility of leadership is the creation of meaning.”—Warren Bennis.
Word of the week is Crossroads (part 2)
As in Charlottesville
As in the junctions in life where we must choose hate or love, war or peace, yes or no.
As in if ever there was a week when we have to address the moral crossroads of leadership that I talked about in last week’s Sum, this is it.
I was walking the Highline yesterday with a friend who has two small children. The first topic after “how are you?” was not surprisingly “how do you explain white supremacists and the violence that killed Heather Heyer to your kids?” Sheryl Sandberg wrote a moving post (on Facebook, of course) about the challenge of sharing a book about the Holocaust with her 10-year old daughter and the importance of having those difficult conversations with children as a way of teaching them to be vigilant in fighting bigotry and hatred like that displayed in Charlottesville. She said, “The brave Heather Heyer’s mother Susan Bro said she wanted her daughter’s death to be ‘a rallying cry for justice and equality and fairness and compassion.’ Let us honor her by teaching all of our children how to honor and respect those values.”