Sparking the Change

Screen Shot 2019-05-29 at 6.58.45 PM.pngWe loved using May to spark change in our life, our community, and the world. We are 100% sure that working on the little things in life can move us closer to the big and bold change we want to create – and we hope you embrace this idea as well!

One of the ways we sparked change this month was by focusing on something we learned or something we are learning. Every day we have new opportunities to learn and grow but often pass them by without even noticing. By committing to learning something new we are continuously expanding our knowledge which helps us ignite the change.

“Change is the end result of all true learning.”
– Leo Buscaglia 

When bringing about change, it’s important to understand how it can include and impact those around us. With this in mind, we took the chance to start a conversation with someone we don’t typically talk with. By opening ourselves up to someone new, we are building new someone new we are developing new relationships with people who think differently than we do. A meaningful talk with someone who thinks differently than we do brings to light lived experiences and points of view we may not have considered before.

We focused this month on all the little things we can do to make change, but what are the things that hold us back from reaching our goals? Our paths to reaching our goals are all very different from one another, but one thing we may have in common is that we sometimes we spend too much time thinking about the roadblocks that stand in our way. When we are hyper-focused on what stands in our way of reaching our goals, our story becomes externally directed. We want to shift this and craft our own story by centering what makes us effective leaders and change-makers. Crafting our own story will help us to attain our goals. Instead of thinking of all the things that MIGHT hold us back we focused on some of the characteristics of our story that make us good leaders and will help us attain our goals.

“We all have challenges. We have to face them, embrace them, defy them, and conquer them.”
–  Victoria Arlen

One of the final ways we started to spark the change this month was to expand on something we wish we knew more about, knew a little about, or didn’t have a clue about the topic at all. By taking 15 minutes every once in a while to do research on a topic that fascinates you, you are making it easier to step out of your comfort zone and really make change!

By continuing to put these habits – personal growth, conversations that matter, crafting our own leadership story, and exploring ideas that fascinate us – into practice, we are better able to create big change in your life and in the lives of those around you.

 

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.