The President's Message 2/19/24

How can the idea that success isn't about conformity to injustice or indifference but centers on leaders who embrace truth with love and respect for the people be applied in our everyday lives? What can we do to redefine success through the principles of being unbought, unbound, unafraid, and unintimidated?

Ms. Quadai Palmer

2/20/20241 min read

“If your success is defined as being well adjusted to injustice and well adapted to indifference, then we don’t want successful leaders. We want great leaders who love the people enough and respect the people enough to be unbought, unbound, unafraid, and unintimidated to tell the truth.” –Dr. Cornel West

In our social world, we often discuss the ideals and systems that perpetuate indifferent to injustice. Dr. Cornel West challenges us to redefine success in leadership. Dr. West's words resonate with a powerful call to action – a call for leadership that goes beyond mere success and ventures into the realm of greatness.

The essence of great leadership, as he articulates, lies in the unwavering commitment to truth and a profound love and respect for the people.

To be "unbought" means refusing to be swayed by external influences that compromise one's integrity. Great leaders don't succumb to the pressures of corruption or manipulation; instead, they remain steadfast in their commitment to principles and values.

Being "unbound" implies breaking free from the shackles of conformity and standing tall against injustice. Great leaders are not confined by societal norms or systemic prejudices. They recognize the importance of challenging the status quo to bring about positive change.

The quality of being "unafraid" is a cornerstone of great leadership. Fear should never dictate decisions or actions. True leaders confront challenges with courage, understanding that facing adversity head-on is necessary for growth and progress.

"Unintimidated" leaders are not cowed by opposition or threats. They stand resolute in the face of adversity, committed to their vision and unyielding in their pursuit of justice. This fearlessness empowers them to speak the truth, even when it's uncomfortable or unpopular.

Dr. West's vision of leadership challenges us to reject a narrow definition of success that prioritizes self-interest over the well-being of the people. Instead, he calls for leaders who are driven by love and respect for the community they serve – leaders who are unafraid to champion truth, justice, and equality.

In conclusion, the mark of a great leader, according to Dr. Cornel West, is not just success but a commitment to being unbought, unbound, unafraid, and unintimidated. It's a call to lead with love, integrity, and an unwavering dedication to truth. As we navigate the complexities of leadership, let us aspire to embody these qualities and strive for greatness that transcends individual success to benefit the collective good.