In a discussion about the recent Canadian election, a friend mentioned how powerful he perceives political leaders are, and what a great influence they have on people. I’ve considered political leaders be rather irrelevant, and that economic forces, social norms and personal beliefs are far more important. Maybe I’m wrong, and the words and actions of political leaders affect people’s thinking more than I considered. Personally I think I can effect change most effectively through my own actions. Both in what I do, and how I serve as a model to others.