This being the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington that included the famous Dr. M. L. King speech remembered as ‘I Have a Dream’; I have been reading a little about the occasion and about the people involved. I have also been reading about the civil rights movement; its progress and the work still needing to be done.
I also remember reading a quote, reportedly from Leonard Bernstein, that the hardest instrument to play is second fiddle. As I read, and watched some internet recordings, I became impressed of all the people who history doesn’t record that were instrumental in making a difference. Often times it is the leader who motivates and gets recognition, but it is the little known or unrecognized individuals that make sacrifices and commitments which actually facilitates the change.
The solos are fantastic and much appreciated, but it is the blending of sounds that makes the orchestra.
With any great cause there is need for leaders to champion forward. But for leaders to be effective there must be followers who accept their responsibility for that cause. When someone learns to play second fiddle effectively they have found an important role of leadership.
Here’s to those who have learned to play second fiddle. Those who carry out personal leadership in a way that supports a cause and truly makes the difference. If it weren’t for the countless number that have learned to follow effectively, there would be no great leaders; there would be no great victories.
Thank you to the countless thousands who have made a positive difference without making the headlines.
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