The resistance is a sizeable, passionate group of concerned citizens united loosely around the theme of protecting our democratic republic from the vultures who would pick the bones of government clean (or sell the rights to do so to the lobbyists who fund them). We resist the world view where profit trumps all else (pun intended). Like most grassroots campaigns, our leadership is diverse, unstructured, and ever in need of renewal.
How can you have an impact? Research suggests one strong factor predictive of effective peer leadership is high self-monitoring [Brokering Trust to Enhance Leadership: A Self-Monitoring Approach to Leadership Emergence].
Low self-monitors are true to themselves in terms of attitudes and behaviors. High self-monitors are systematically engaged.
- take the pulse of what is going on around them
- see an issue that needs attention
- connects people and ideas together
That last point may be the most important and yet possibly the easiest to do. In it’s most passive form it involves endorsing ideas and articles and people. Think of it as a vote of affirmation. It can be as simple as a “like” on social media or sharing/retweeting a post.
Next level up involves sharing information while adding a bit of you to the mix . This involves adding to the conversation with a thought or question or a hashtag .
Gold level peer leadership involves connecting the dots and targeting people or groups. This involves tagging a person or group or surfing a trending hashtag.
…we build a picture of the high self-monitoring emergent leader as someone who notices problems and ameliorates them through the provision of advice and the brokerage of relationships across social divides.
These effective and informal leaders have success, even in groups that tend not to be trusting of one another! They build bridges when they see opportunity. They are in it for the cause.
It is the cause which inspires those who are part of #TheResistance. The philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson draws focus away from the practicality of science, toward the elusive but generously rich issue of the cause:
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”