To Lead, Live & Look Ahead

Here at LeaderShape, we want to experience a world where everyone leads with integrity and lives in possibility. Where we work in community with one another. Where everyone sees their own gifts and finds ways to use them for the greater good.

We want to intentionally create spaces for others to be included and contribute in this world and then by doing so, lead others to do the same – “to lead, live and look ahead”.

This blog series is a place to hear updates from our Community Engagement team at the beginning of each month. The updates will include #Day7, #LeaderShapeChat, and any other upcoming campaigns and projects you can participate in with us.

Day 7

This month, #Day7 will be focusing on creativity. Many believe that only certain people can be creative, but LeaderShape believes that every individual is capable of being creative in their own ways. We will debunk this “only certain people can be creative” theory and share ways to find and embrace different kinds of creativity. Throughout the entire day (Saturday, October 7th), we will have quizzes, articles, videos, and other fun ways to #FindYourCreativity on our Twitter feed – be sure to follow along.  

#LeaderShapeWeb

Join us for this month’s LeaderShape Webinar Series on Monday, October 16th at 12 p.m. CST. We will be welcoming Tricia Homer and Jackie Pearce Garrett as they present A Space for Reflection: Recharge your Leadership Through Nourishment/Self-Care. To register and attend, visit bigmarker.com/leadershape.
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#LeaderShapeChat

Each month, we host a Twitter chat that exemplifies our belief of “to lead, live”. On Wednesday, October 25th, we encourage you to join us on Twitter for our #LeaderShapeChat about activating your strengths. “With the new day comes new strengths and new thoughts” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

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In September, we talked about how self care plays a critical part in leadership and our lives. Catch up on the recap here.

LeaderShape Graduates

In September, we continued to strengthen our engagement with LeaderShapers through our social media efforts by starting a “Where Are They Now” campaign. We highlight members of our Institute, Catalyst, and Resilience programs by sharing their story, advice, or favorite quote.

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If you would like to be involved, send an email to community@leadershape.org and we will find a way to share your story!

#ToLeadRead

It’s National Book Month! To celebrate, we want to send you a LeaderShape gift bag with one of our favorite books! Throughout the years, we have been inspired by many stories, learned some lessons, sparked creative ideas, and even had a few “how fascinating” reflections. All of this happened by simply turning a page. Throughout the rest of the month, we invite you to post on Instagram a picture of you and your favorite book with the hashtag #toleadread.

#Day7: Staying in Action

Here at LeaderShape we get excited about people staying in action. We get excited about LeaderShapers (and anyone, really!) who are living out their vision and doing their part to create “a just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible.” We talk about staying in action in all of our programs. We talk about it with our community. Many of you, especially our Institute graduates, understand that when we mention #Day7 that we are talking about staying in action.#Day7

Although every day is #Day7 – a chance to keep learning and moving forward – we love how the seventh of each month can serve as an opportunity to reflect on our LeaderShape experiences, connect with one another, and take action toward our vision. You can find us writing, thinking, and posting about all things staying in action. But it’s not a #Day7 without our community! You can join in by responding to our prompts, asking questions, sharing posts, and taking time to reflect on your LeaderShape experience. And if you have big news on your vision or anything about your #Day7, email us at community@leadershape.org.

Reflections from an Institute Grad: One Year Later

On the 7th day of each month we pause to reflect on the Institute program and celebrate #Day7. Yesterday we highlighted Vincent and today we are sharing Clivane’s experiences as part of our three-part series.

Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you c14454624_10202111450625326_506103449_nan only connect them looking backwards…” Let’s look backward, shall we?

It’s been one year since I graduated the 2015 Institute at York University. I’ve had 365 Day 7s since then. I’ve kept in touch with 1-2 members of my cluster family, and a couple of other individuals as well. My core values – empowerment, loyalty, creativity, hard work and leadership – remain the same.  My GAG, to embrace vulnerability, became my #OneWord365 for 2016.

I also became an intern at LeaderShape. As a LeaderShape Intern, the marketing and community engagement work I do keeps me connected to LeaderShape’s vision, mission and daily work. And when I had the opportunity this past July to help prepare for one of the national sessions of the Institute, everything hit me full circle.

Now I wish I could tell you that the dots all began to connect… but they didn’t. In fact, after spending a week in Champaign preparing for the national sessions, it was like my first Day 7 all over again!

It was like Day 7 all over again.  

I started to think about my cluster family, my vision, my stretch goals, the risks I have taken,  the vulnerability I have shown, the things I have learned about myself and others since my first Day 7. While the momentum after the Institute may have waned, the importance of living in possibility and creating real, positive change has not.

My year after the Institute has been the most emotional, eye-opening and challenging year of my life. But now I can begin to connect the dots going backwards. The Institute was the catalyst I needed to embrace vulnerability. I struggled with it over 6 days (hence, the reason vulnerability was my GAG), but little did I know what a vital tool it would be in the months afterwards. With vulnerability, I found the courage to share a story about a loved one and mental illness. Sharing that story created positive change for others. Talk about a ripple effect – and it had nothing to do with my vision created at the Institute!

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So here’s what I have to say. If you’re an Institute grad and you’re having a rough year in your personal life, your vision has become unclear, you’ve lost connection with your cluster family, or accomplishing your manageable goals is taking longer than you anticipated – it’s Day 7 again.

Live each day with a healthy disregard for the impossible. Read through your Institute manual. Check in with your cluster family. Celebrate your small victories. Reevaluate your goals. Get that ripple of positive change re-started.

There’s a final line to the Steve Jobs quote that began this blog post. Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards…So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

Let’s look forward, shall we?

Let’s live in possibility, my friends.