“The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts.” – Malcolm Gladwell
As we peer into the future and fantasize about how we can play an important role in shaping it, it is important to reflect on the past, and the accomlishments that have brought us to where we are today. Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs, Rachel Carson, Mahatma Gandhi, Elon Musk, Malala Yousafzai, Paul Farmer, Ellen Degeneres, and Jeffrey Sachs are just a select few pioneers who are celebrated for their world-shifting ideas. While these minds may have spearheaded social change, it is the community and following that helped drive their initatives forward. Likemindedness, community, and conviction is what propels positive change forth. This describes the theory of collective agency.
As Malcolm Gladwell describes in his book, The Tipping Point, he states:
“The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts.”
Here are five characteristics & personality traits that attract these collective agents of change:
- Clear vision
- Patient yet persistent
- Asking tough and critical questions
- Knowledgeable and leads by example
- Strong relationships built on trust
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?