The Power of Social Media
Today’s Leadership Communication Power
Another day waking up to the sound of my cell phone and my typical morning begins bombarded with technology. I am inundated with emails, text messages, and Facebook notifications. I continue to be amazed at the staggering number of people that find it so important to post what they are doing or thinking in a moment, yet I find myself compelled to read it anyway. Perhaps by doing so, I gain insight from and about the others around me.
As I was lying in bed perusing coverage of what President Trump’s was doing in his first week in office, I began to question the validity of the information we read online and how it could influence our opinions. I often think of this when reading any type of article, but this day in particular I had a personal “light bulb” moment.
If President Trump was able to impact the thousands of people I merely follow on social media that commented on his 5 word tweet, I began to see exponentially the vast sphere of influence he was and is utilizing. Regardless if the responses are positive or negative, this is a great power. This power to inspire, to influence and to lead, however, is not exclusive to our President.
Whether it be the person blogging about their health remedies, travel expeditions, or posting an inspirational quote, social media has given us the power to impact and influence one another. The majority of people in the United States have access to the internet, providing social media as an outlet to a smaller community, where we can share our ideas and opinions with people, that more than likely, we would not ever have been in contact with prior to this New Media Age.
Today, I want to share something that the author, Mathew Kelly, wrote that inspired and empowered me.
“No man becomes great on his own. No woman becomes great on her own. The people around them help to make them great. We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves.”
Remind yourself of your value and remind others of their worth. Inspire and help lead others to become the best version of themselves. With this, I challenge you today, to post something on your timeline, which reaches to others in a greater way. Social media can have a great power, let it be positive.
About the Author – Stephanie Coopman
Stephanie Coopman is a 22 year old senior- communications major at Arizona State University. She’s an avid adventure travel enthusiast who loves skiing and anything to do with helping dogs and animal shelters.
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