That’s right, the year was 1915 and only 6% of all Americans had graduated from high school. Many things were different then, such as: Wow, when you really look at the big picture, 100 years ago was not that far back. My grandmother and grandfather were already young adults then, both having been born in the late 1800s.

It has been said for many years that great leaders are experts at “managing the meaning of change” for their group. History shows us that we’ve had many such leaders over the past 100 years. They’ve walked us through different changes along the way. You can look at Churchill, JFK, Regan, Gandhi, Mother Teresa and many others to connect how they were able to see a vision of the future which also required a societal change to occur.

The common denominator with all leaders is that they are able to effectually communicate with their group or community regardless of the size of that group. Their message is generally filled with such passion that the size of their group tends to grow and the passion within the members becomes infectious.

Sometimes, those on the outside looking in, refer to those members of the group as the ones who “drank the Kool-Aid.”

Many of us tend to get in our own way, which stifles our growth as leaders. Some of us are afraid that if we take a position we really believe in, others will mock us or laugh at us. The fear of embarrassment is a human trait of which most of us are vulnerable.

Here’s the deal: 100 years from now, many new changes will have been made and we’ll be gone. The question will be: Did we live a life of passion? Did we commit to something? And most importantly, did we leave the world a better place than we found it because of our contribution?

Change is inevitable and leaders are able to see it clearly, embrace it and help others move to and through it. Let’s be more passionate than we’ve ever been and go live a big, fun and exciting life. Let’s embrace change!