According to The Contact Project’s Chronicle of Progress, some common characteristics possessed by prominent social change leaders such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Elizabeth Fry, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mohandas Gandhi and others include:
- a well-developed spiritual life;
- a recognition of the value of mindfulness as a practice;
- a commitment to living the change they sought, even in the face of overwhelming challenges; and,
- an awareness of the importance of their inner strength, evident in their writings and actions.
The authors believe that the contributions of these leaders in the world spring from a place of great inner clarity and spiritual conviction.
The only thing I would add to this list is “A natural desire to act from a place of compassion.” What inspiring goals for which to strive!
The Chronicle of Progress is focused on professionals working in the field of social change, however, the message is the same for all people: by doing your inner work, you are better able to change the world around you.
The Contact Project. Chronicles of Progress – Research Guiding the Launch of a Personal Development Program Supporting Social Change: The Relationship between Inner Experience and Actions for Change. A Tides Canada Initiatives Society project. 2009. Note: The Contact Project is now the Inner Activist. http://www.inneractivist.com/sites/all/themes/inneractivist/images/Chronicle_Of_Progress.pdf
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