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.

 

#BeBold Wrap Up

Thank you all for joining us as we demonstrated how we are being #Bold in our lives! This month we were able to get a glimpse of how we all are making a difference in our communities, with our friends and families, and in ourselves. We asked you to share how you are being bold you responded!

So many of you have shown us your boldness through your experiences with grief, running, school, relationships, yoga, empowerment, saying yes, and self-care this month. We learn every day from our community and this was no exception.  

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“Be brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Anonymous

 
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As we looked deep within ourselves this month to figure out what is stopping us from being bold, what is pushing us to be bold, and what we can do to continually be bold, we took time to ask ourselves these questions:

  • What is something you are working on this week?
  • What is one of your priorities?
  • What is something you have failed at this week?
  • What is something you got done this week?
  • What are you eager to learn this week?

By reflecting on these questions, we can learn more about where we are on our quest to be #Bold. Plus we can come back to revisit these questions because our responses to them can, will, and should change as we grow and change ourselves.

“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.” – Georg C. Lichtenberg

We hope that being bold isn’t just a topic for one month, rather a theme that we all revisit! Practicing boldness in our day-to-day can help us to be bold leaders as well. Keep the momentum going by thinking about which of these bold behaviors resonates with you.

 

  • Own your flaws and strengths.
  • Keep clear priorities.
  • Speak up.
  • Pair action with knowledge.
  • Accept the value of failure.
  • Make the most of small wins.
  • Build momentum.

Thank you all again for participating in our #ToLeadLiveBold contest. We truly love hearing about what you all are doing and hope that you all continue to

#ToLeadLiveBold.

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Day 7: The need to talk about it

Later this month, some members of the LeaderShape co-lead facilitator community are hosting a virtual community conversation focusing on Day 7 and staying in action (more details below!). As the group has reflected on how to activate the energy cultivated at the Institute, they have reflected on their own Day 7 experiences. And one of our facilitators, Julie Larson, is here to share her thoughts. 

Julie Larsen is a Sr. Curriculum Manager at Amazon, where she uses on-boarding as a chance to introduce engineers to Thinking Big and living in possibility. Her favorite Institute snack is Swedish Fish.

I attended my first LeaderShape Institute 8 years ago. I didn’t know much about LeaderShape, I had never been on a campus with an Institute, but I knew it was billed as a life changing experience. I headed to Allerton with high expectations, and that feeling of wonder-dread that comes with a new experience.

Knights of AllertonOver the course of 8 years, I’ve been a part of 10 sessions. I’ve met participants from around the world, with ages ranging from 17 – 63. And each session has had a part in changing my life, sometimes big, sometimes small. I’ve made lifelong friendships, and had the opportunity to build relationships with those whose views are very different from my own.

I’ve been challenged, and been the one to challenge others. I’ve laughed and cried. I’ve eaten lots and lots of snacks, and sung lots and lots of Baby Shark (before it exploded the internet!).

The Institute has become an annual chance for me to dig deep into my values, and gut check my integrity. And yet, as much as I love the Institute, and am thankful for all that LeaderShape has brought to my life, sometimes I find myself wondering if it still fits into my world today?

I am 37 years old, with a strong career, a loving partner, and a healthy body. By all accounts I am in a good place, but that doesn’t mean I am without questions. What does it mean to have a vision? What if I don’t really know what my vision is anymore? How do you lead with integrity when things get hard? How do I stand up for a just, caring, thriving world when it seems no one around me understands those words? Am I doing it right?

I want to talk about Day 7, I need to talk about Day 7, because like many others I want to hear how others are moving forward when it seems like the hardest thing to do. I want to talk about how to stay grounded and focused when the magic of the Institute feels far away.

I have said for many years that the Institute fills my cup. I know that finding my way back to Day 7 will be what keeps my cup full.

Join us for a community conversation on Day 7 and staying in action! 

⚡ To participate in the virtual Day 7 gathering at 6pm CST on Monday, February 25 use this link: https://bit.ly/2VZRwel or by phone by dialing 1-646-558-8656 when prompted put in PIN: 987271038#
⚡ To participate in the virtual Day 7 gathering at 11am CST on Wednesday, February 27 use this link: https://bit.ly/2QW9VW1​ or by phone by dialing 1-646-558-8656 when prompted put in PIN: 466164951#