Rediscover What it Means to be Different

In everyday life, we as humans go through an array of emotions as we are put up to different tasks. We communicate with different people of different authorities and relationships. HOW we go about these interactions differ depending on the situation or persons involved. However, all interactions throughout the day should have one characteristic in common…interacting with intention and with full attention. Styles of leadership will look a bit different on an individual basis. 

We have mentioned some qualities that are often complimented and admired by leaders we know but this doesn’t mean that every leader always embodies all qualities. Naturally, you take a little and learn a little from those people you look up to and then put your own mix on it. As we have said before, that is what so neat about all being uniquely different.

Let’s take a moment to rediscover what it means to be unique or different. 



1.      being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.




1.      not the same as another or each other; unlike in nature, form, or quality.


Let’s emphasize the most positive connotation in these words. It is too often that we are pressured to conform or shy away from being different, especially in our younger years. 


Repeat after me…DIFFERENT IS GOOD. It’s refreshing and it is celebrated here. That’s right.


Take note, that you have a way of being a leader that the person next to you does not and vice versa. Accept that you may be able to lead by example whereas another may be able to lead by voice. Some may be lead by their charismatic personalitywhile others may lead by their ways of organization skills. Understand that somedays it may require a hand full of leaders to come together and share the duties to accomplish whatever task is at hand. 


Don’t ever back down from stepping up with the fear of your style being different from someone else’s. We could all learn a little something from each other anyway.  Embrace the differences in leadership style expression but do it with grace and respect. 

RISE Blog Contributor

Jess Rocheleau