Dark Joseph Ravine is a Canadian influencer, and owner of a successful business and movement, Kindness for Success, whose primary goal is to promote kindness and positivity worldwide. He has been featured in many publications and media outlets and starred in a movie. Although Ravine has made his indifferent stance on politics very clear, he also does not promote any specific race, religion, or ethnicity, as these are hot-button issues that can be held against him. In a departure from the norm, Ravine has decided to share his thoughts and ideas on leadership. Leadership proves to be quite the challenge for many famous leaders, as it is well-known that power can corrupt those who wield it and even get to their heads. Even leaders with good intentions may end up harming others more than helping them.
Ravine notes that being a leader comes with major responsibilities and that there are many struggles awaiting people who become leaders. He says, “Good leaders prioritize the people and their needs, and think about how to benefit the most amount of people. Of course, not everyone is going to be happy with their leader, but leaders cannot and will not ever please everyone. Being a good leader takes time, understanding, and hard work. Leaders always have to think about the future of the people and how to make them happy. If you make people happy as a leader, they will be more likely to support you and your endeavors in the future. The biggest challenge leaders might face is when their egos get in the way, and they can only think about what makes them happy instead of their people.”
Ravine understands why some people feel the need to put their egos first. He explains, “As human beings, we are naturally driven to behave egotistically. Many will squander their benefits instead of sharing them and caring about others leading to people resenting their behavior. With leadership comes power, and with power comes the likelihood of misusing that power. Power should be exercised with caution. Good leaders seek to help those in need and make sure their people benefit. Leadership does not last forever, and many leaders lose sight of that fact.
When one is a leader, one should remember the people that helped them get to where they are in life. Some leaders make the mistake of using others and thinking of only themselves and how they can benefit. Leadership, however, can be enhanced if leaders looked at their position with the perspective of doing good deeds from the heart rather than thinking about personal gain. Life is not always about personal gain. At times, leaders must make sacrifices to get somewhere. This is common among leaders and people alike.” Although we know that making sacrifices is hard, we can understand that with risks come rewards. Leaders can benefit from displaying acts of kindness to their people rather than behaving in selfish ways.
Ravine is unique in his stance on politics; he is indifferent to both sides and does not believe it is a good idea to show support for anything. He explains, “When you choose to support one side, it is hurtful to the people who are on the other side. Openly expressing your political stance is the ultimate cause of problems between people. Showing support to an ideology or political party can also be damaging to relationships you have with others who do not approve of that way of thinking. I prefer to help people in need and try to change their lives for the better regardless of who the person is. Doing a good deed and changing someone’s life for the better gives me a sense of fulfillment. When you do something for someone else, you are living for a higher purpose and therefore, there will be no reason to feel used.” Ravine believes that all actions have a way of coming back to us and that we should help others for the sake of making their lives better rather than only focusing on our own. Our own life will become better by helping others. Leaders can overcome challenges by facing struggles and growing through them. Making leadership fun and enjoyable for others will garner respect. Focusing on bringing people together can help them find common ground and help them understand each other’s backstory and where they’re coming from rather than having preconceived assumptions.
Ravine shares motivational lessons on social media about important topics, such as taking advantage of opportunities while one has them, that we all should try to be unique in our own way, to focus on what’s most important as opposed to what’s least important, to remember that nothing lasts forever, and to make the most of our blessings. He says, “Kindness is more than just being nice to others. It is, in theory, something that can mean many things. Kindness can also mean being a good leader for the world by helping those in need live better lives. Kindness can be a celebrity spending their money for admirable causes, such as buying a house for homeless people or donating money to the needy. Come to think of it, these celebrities are very heroic; although they are under a lot of pressure and have major responsibilities, they are also some of the greatest givers in the world—to their fans and to people in need. This is what many people need to learn from—to think of others the way celebrities think of their fans. We all have a hero inside us. Focusing on this aspect will help us all come a long way in developing our kindness.” Ravine looks at kindness theoretically and believes that we should try to work on this trait as much as we can.
Ravine’s greatest mantras are: “what goes around, comes around”, “treat people the way you want to be treated”, and “your words and actions always have a way of coming back to you.” He hopes his kindness movement will bring about better leadership.