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.

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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


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


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