This picture from the 2009 Engagement Calendar (Anne Taintor) says it all:
But in another vein of awareness, here are some truisms:
How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment: we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straight away. Anne Frank
When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. Eleanor Roosevelt
Learn to lead in a nourishing manner.
Learn to lead without being possessive.
Learn to be helpful without taking the credit.
Learn to lead without coercion. Lao Tzu, philosopher