“Sometimes you’re going to lead by standing up and saying something righteous. Sometimes you’re going to lead by just sitting next to someone and encouraging them while they’re saying something righteous. Sometimes you’re going to lead by standing in the back.
“Quiet leadership is good, because if you want people to know that you are a leader, it’s not about what you did or what you said, but about how you listened, about how you encouraged and about how sometimes you are just a quiet support for somebody.” –Miguel Bustos
We are humbled and grateful for Miguel Bustos joining our youth and staff for an online seminar sharing his experience and wisdom about the different facets of leadership, about the importance of faith and the opportunity for each of us to spread light to drive out darkness in our challenging times. His thoughts are particularly relevant in the face of recent violence and civil unrest.
Miguel Bustos is Senior Director of the Center for Social Justice at Glide Foundation in San Francisco. Most of his career has been as an appointed official to local and national elected officials: first as Policy Advisor for President Clinton and Vice President Gore at the White House; Deputy District Director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee; Director of Boards and Commissions for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom; and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Mayor Ronald V. Dellums. He has devoted his life to working with Latino, Native American, Asian, African-American and LGBT communities and organizations.
The Freedom Center continues to turn on a dime, increasing our online classes and sessions during the shelter-in-place order. We are bringing experts from around the world with feet-on-the-ground experience in organizing, civic engagement and public service together with our youth and staff.
This is an excellent time to study the relevance and importance of transforming ourselves to make change in the world.