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Leadership in Wake of Boston Marathon Tragedy

By heyitsmebeccat, Bethlehem, PA

I think that sometimes the greatest examples of leadership stem from servant leadership in crisis situations. As I, like many others, took to social media moments after hearing news of the tragedy unfolding was overwhelmed by the sincere thoughts and concerns of many. In the midst of these kind sediments, confusion and doubts I stumbled upon a quote from Fred Rogers, “when I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,’” and so that’s what I started to do. I started to look for all the “good” acts of kindness that stemmed from the incident.

According to an article in USA Today, everyday people became servant-leaders. For example, a Google Docs form was created which allowed marathon runners from outside the area to receive contact information from Boston residents who opened up their homes to runners who had nowhere to go.

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