The Dream is Alive, but the Ladder is Broken

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We are in unprecedented times. Leadership of all levels is under fire. Our way of looking at things has changed, and we stand on the edge of this change with uncertainty and trepidation. 

Is all hope lost? Or is the American Dream still alive? 

The answer to that is two-fold. Yes, the Land of Opportunity still exists, but it does not exist for everyone. The ladder is broken, but it’s not unfixable. Each of us has the power inside to rise up, to mend the rungs of a long-broken system, and ensure we bring others up with us. 

We all must do our part to live up to America’s promise—the promise that where you come from doesn’t matter nearly as much as where you’re going. 

3 Ways to Do Your Part to Fix the Ladder

#1 Be a Role Model

Leaders have a special call to action to model behavior that others look up to. If you’re opening doors and including members of the team proactively, others will do the same. 

#2 Drive Opportunity 

Look for opportunities to include individuals who might be left out of the conversation. Ask their opinions, even if it’s outside their scope of work. This opens up the door for diversity in communication and opposing perspectives. 

#3 Build Confidence 

Sometimes you don’t know you can do something until you’re told you can do something.

Show others they have the skills and talent to do hard things and be sure to offer constructive feedback so they can grow in their self-esteem and confidence.  

Leadership is a powerful tool. It serves as a starting point for hope. 

How will you use your leadership to keep the American Dream alive?

John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity. Mr. Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc. His recent book, Up from Nothing: The Untold Story of How We (All) Succeed, launches October 2020.