What we are all working toward

Positive Change. It is what we are all working toward.

Every day we get up and try to make a difference hoping that we are able to use our talents, skills, and abilities to their best. We work for change that benefits us all – our communities, our country, our world. It is easy to lose sight of this goal. Easy to lose sight of our vision.

In the past few years, we’ve seen society’s prominent leaders disregard human decency, refuse to participate in constructive discussion, promote divisiveness, and engage in soundbite insults. This is why we need LeaderShape. The impact of LeaderShape has probably never been as important as it is now because people have lost trust in what it means to be a leader.

I want to highlight four important concepts that we teach.

LeaderShape teaches us how to hear each other without the fear of each other. LeaderShape instills confidence by showing people how to face and own their individual experiences. Then we discuss the commonalities of our experiences, clearing the path for cooperation, wisdom, and the courage to bring about change.

LeaderShape teaches us how to be okay with who we are and what we stand for. LeaderShape helps us understand ourselves and realize that each person around us struggles with the same thing.

LeaderShape teaches us to learn to listen. LeaderShape provides the community where understanding each other cuts down on the sting and vitriol of conflict. We are present with our disagreements and don’t retreat to our corners. We stay in the mess.

Finally, the LeaderShape experience gives us the tools to discover that we’re not so afraid. And that gives all of us the freedom to stand up and bring about the change we want to see. We gain the courage to bring about change and that’s what endures in the long run.

Now is not the time to lose hope in what we can accomplish. Now is the time to be in community. True community where we wrestle with life’s questions and together try to find answers that work for all of us, not just a few. Let’s forget for a minute about being leaders and focus on being better humans. When we get that straight, leadership will happen. Behaviors will change. Habits will form. Change will happen.

In the meantime, I want you to know that LeaderShape will stay true to our core values of integrity, equity, possibility, vision, community, and relationships. We will take no shortcuts in terms of the quality of experiences that we provide. We will partner with those individuals and institutions that want to be a part of bringing about that positive change because together there is strength. We can drown out the chaos of today and keep our eye on the horizon – on our vision of a more just, caring, equitable, and thriving world.

And we will remember that with your help we provide experiences that transform lives.

I invite you to commit or recommit to creating positive change in the world. LeaderShape sees that future and looks forward to adjusting our practices to meet whatever it takes to be a part of that future. We will fail more. We will join with others committed to learning. We will stay humble and work hard.

We are needed now more than ever.

LeaderShape accepts that challenge and hopes you do too.

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Building Resilient Leaders

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A big thank you to everyone who participated in our resilience activities this month as we learned how to build resilient leaders! We took the time this month to focus on our strengths, take time to enjoy things we love, and learn how to bounce back.

One of the biggest takeaways to becoming a resilient leader is to focus on our strengths. Some of the strengths resilient leaders have, and demonstrate every day are:  Confidence, Purpose, Support, and Adaptability.

When we focus on our strengths, whether they include those listed above or are completely different, it helps us to have more self-assurance. And that self-assurance helps us to learn from our mistakes, rather than letting them derail us. Put this into practice by taking a few minutes today and reflect on some of your setbacks and the lessons you have learned through them.

“There’s no one to stop you but yourself.”
– David Thomas  

Another way to build yourself up to become a resilient leader is to take time to do the things you LOVE!. We often get lost in the day-to-day to-do lists and don’t make time to enjoy the little things. Stay connected to those things that bring joy to your life and hold them tight.

“It’s not every day you get to do what you love and
have a major story behind it.”
– OMI

Resilient leaders also understand the skills to bounce back from setbacks. Not only that, but they use these moments as opportunities to learn and grow. Resilient leaders 1) understand their failures 2) use the resilient skills that they have learned 3) take what they have learned and call on that skill for the future. Here are some of the skills the Community Engagement team has gained through our failures: Kristen learned to be more open to others’ apologies after she made the mistake of sending the wrong email to someone. Colby learned how to focus on what he can control after an interview that didn’t go the way he planned. And Ashley is taking control of her schedule after saying “I can do that” to too many opportunities.

We hope you took as much away from this month as we have. Becoming a resilient leader takes time, effort, and an open mind but you can do it! And remember – we are here to help you become the best leader you can be. See you all next month as we Spark the Change!

 

Living LeaderShape

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Thank you all for living LeaderShape in your everyday lives! Whether you are constantly thinking about LeaderShape, tune in for Day 7 every month, or this is your first time coming back to your experience, you are living LeaderShape.

This month we focused on revisiting our experiences with LeaderShape, connecting with others, and making a common connection, no matter how long ago your session may have been. We used this month as a reminder to start the change we want to see in the world, as a reminder of what we learned, and a reminder that we can do whatever we set our minds to.

 

“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.”
– Misty Copeland

We all went through something different – whether it was Catalyst, the Institute, or Resilience – and no matter what that experience was, we are all tied together because we are all part of the LeaderShape community. You are helping us to create a community of people by continuing your journey with LeaderShape. You are helping us to create a just, thriving and caring world. YOU are helping us make a difference.

“We need community to give us energy, to strengthen our voices, and to offer constructive criticism when we stray off course.”
– Beverly Daniel Tatum

One of the most significant things to remember about our LeaderShape experience is what we take with us after it’s over. You may only have been at your LeaderShape session for 1, 4, or 6 days but the knowledge you gained is with you forever. You have the opportunity to take all those lessons and all that growth you experienced through LeaderShape and use it to create positive change! to #liveLeaderShape! Whether that is through:

    • Your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.
    • Your vulnerability and showing that off!
    • Your vision work – the work you have already put in and the work you are dreaming and planning.
    • Your school work that will enable you to reach your goals.  
    • The ripples you create!
    • The changes you are making in the world, big, small, we love them all!
    • Being YOU

 

 

We love seeing how your LeaderShape experience continues to show up in your everyday life! What you shared about #LivingLeaderShape this month has been inspiring. Keep sharing those stories and those moments! We never get tired of it, and it is so encouraging for the rest of the LeaderShape community to see that they are not alone in this work of being the change we wish to see in the world. Continue #LivingLeaderShape each and every day. Continue to cast your pebbles into the world and see where the ripples lead us. Continue #LivingLeaderShape.