Wednesdays with Buena: Manifesto of Personal Leadership

Photo of Randy Legaspi

By Buenaflor Laoang

Today here in the Philippines, it is March 1! Well- to some other readers, I guess, I have to offer this post as a good starter in greeting tomorrow’s first day!

We Filipinos would associate March to school graduations here. Well-I am inviting the rest of the world involved in AMSDaily, to join us in celebrating the month of March for achievements, advancements, dreams come true, and every life event that calls for some cheers!

This month, we will weekly uncover secrets from our March theme- “March!”

We need to act! We have to move! Let’s all vacate out rocking chairs and comfort zones, as we discover more about this life! In whatever state we are- forward MARCH!

And for a first post, I am re-presenting a letter found somewhere here, but that was some time ago, which you might have missed, or the words you may now no longer remember. Here it is, and it’s going to be my, your, our “Manifesto of Personal Leadership”.  :)


Today, I will not look at the one behind me. I will not look at the person next to me either. No- not to the one ahead of me. I take time to look at myself.

I, with whom many others’ lives depend on- my family, my workmates, my schoolmates, my special spheres of influence;

I, who hold control of the things that rely on me- that portfolio that will hit a million; that project that will benefit many lives, that assignment that will leave a valuable impact in my community, society, my world;

I, who can make things go as I want them to… in whose blood run the power, the ability, the limitless potentials and possibility to make things happen.

Yes I am. I am a leader.


The leader of the youth, who look up and respect my elders and seniors, simply because they had been there and their wisdom I can now impart;

The leader of the elderly, who rely on my caring and attention and kindness, because I got the strength and nourishment to do it for them that I may give back;

The leader of the less, who hunger for words of inspiration and encouragement that I, too, may influence lives;

The leader of the rich, who trust me to be the overseer of their storehouses;

The leader of human resource who strive to make my loads lighter every day, and so I commit to use my authority in favor of their utmost good and welfare;

The leader of faith, who has the power to pray for people, and share God’s transforming grace according to the way I live;

The leader of this country, for every progress starts in me- the citizen.

Yes, indeed, I am the leader of everything possible.

And I pray, that I will not forget who I am. I am God’s creation.


Even in times of distress, of exhaustion, of emptiness, of darkness…

I will remind myself, “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” But from God, I get all the filling and courage and strength.


My power remains, my compassion and love endures, I will never give up.


I’ve been made wiser, stronger, and better. More directed, determined, passionate. I am ready to keep my beautiful purposes ablaze.


I can move. And I can move the world.

This week- start with this manifesto on yourself! And cap it with the most powerful prayer. 


Editor’s Note: Buenaflor Laoang-Rosete contributes weekly on AMSDaily. You can visit her blog at Barefoot Life Reflections to read more about inspiring stories.