December: Celebrating What Was

In November, we enjoyed a bit of a whirlwind of events that stretched our minds, provided us with some tools to say yes a little bit less, and reinforced how generous our community and how grateful we are for them. As we say goodbye to November, we hope you stay connected to a few of the ideas we shared with you: demonstrate gratitude for those in your life, be grateful for all things big and small, and be the ripple.

This month we Celebrate What Was! Beginning on December 8, we will be sharing moments from our work over the past year that celebrate our accomplishments and demonstrate how this community lives LeaderShape, in person and virtually. Without the participation, support, and energy from all of you, we could not have made our 31st year as an organization (33rd year of the Institute!) as meaningful as it was.

But first, we have Day 7 to celebrate! So spread the word, connect with LeaderShapers and get ready to Celebrate What Was.

Participants of the Institute may find that Dec 2018 Day 7 Theme (1)this theme sounds familiar to day three of the curriculum, Challenging What Is, Looking To What Could Be. Those who haven’t experienced the six-day program should know that this day begins by uncovering what values we hold and, later on, includes a practice to connect us to what we truly care about called the 5 Whys. By asking ourselves “why” multiple times, we are able to crystallize what it is we truly and deeply care about impacting in the world.

#Day7 will follow suit this month. Get ready to explore the what, and ask ourselves why? This Friday, December 7th, we will tap into a how-to guide of celebrating this past year, from an individual perspective. Folks that participate in #Day7 will be able to try out some tools to develop a mindset that will help us to take stock in our accomplishments of 2018 and then look ahead to what we hope the new year will bring. We hope to hear from you on 12.07.18!

It’s the end of 2018, friends! And we want you to join along in this month of celebration, reflection, and looking to what could be. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to do so. #toleadlive

November: Getting Behind the Movement (Part II)

This month we invite everyone to get behind the movement with us. Our foundation is built on community and the impact that it will have on the future. The best way to enhance YOUR own personal movement is to get behind the movement of others. See the ripple effect in action this month as we ALL strive to become part of the movement.

The first step to getting involved is to support those who are doing great things.

Below is a peak at some of what we’ll be sharing on our social media platforms this month. We’re eager to reflect with the LeaderShape community this month!

#LeaderShapeWeb

Another installment in our LeaderShape Webinar Series returns with Saying Yes Less: Why It Matters and How to Do It with Jeffrey Cufaude on Wednesday, November 14th at 12:05 p.m. CST. Save your seat for the webinar by clicking here!

November 2018 Webinar Promotion FB (1)This webinar explores saying yes less, why it matters and the beliefs and behaviors required to do it. While the principles discussed in the webinar are relevant for individuals and organizations, our time together will focus almost exclusively on their individual application. Specifically, we will explore the following questions:

  • What beliefs influence your philosophy of yes?
  • To what offers or opportunities would you definitely say no? Why?
  • With what people or in what situations do you most often feel obliged to say yes?
  • What are potential pitfalls of embracing the improv philosophy of yes and?
  • What are helpful ways of saying no that lessen any potential negative consequences?

To Lead, Give

#GivingTuesday is a special call to action, creating a national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season to inspire giving every day. As a not-for-profit organization, we depend on financial contributions and your generosity moves us closer to our mission and vision. Help us kick off the giving season on this year’s Giving Tuesday, November 28, by donating to LeaderShape. We’ll be sharing more details on all of our social media platforms later this month.

LeaderShapers in Action

LeaderShapers In ActionOver the past few weeks, we have heard from LeaderShapers across the nation who  are staying in action. Allison S. (Institute, National Session) says “[leadership] does not have one blanket definition of ‘being involved’, but it instead encompasses the actions that we chose to make every single day”. Chad E. (Institute, University of Lincoln-Nebraska), took action in being one step closer to bringing his vision to reality by publishing his own book. Ari A. (Institute, Temple University) remembers how, “we defined our personal values and learned about leading with integrity by staying true to our values at both our valleys and our peaks.” April H. (Institute, Centennial College) shares this advice with future LeaderShapers of any program: “give it as much as you got, allow yourself to be uncomfortable, because it is only then that we truly learn and grow.”

We would like to share your story as well! If, as a result of a LeaderShape program, you have experienced a personal change in thought or behavior or have put what you’ve learned into action. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Palmer Award Finalists: Nabeel and Le’Otis

In the third installment of our Palmer Award announcements, we have our final two Palmer Award finalists to share with you. Please meet Nabeel Ahmed and Le’Otis Boswell-Johnson!

Nabeel attended Central Michigan University’s session of the Institute. While there, he developed a vision that was focused on a world where clean and drinkable water is valued and available for everyone. Recognizing that there is much to learn about water treatment, Nabeel got to work and focused his masters’ research on the purification and reclamation of wastewater.

Through this research, Nabeel is working to discover solutions to the problems related to water treatment. By writing and publishing articles about this research, he hopes that he is building awareness around the world’s water crisis as well as demonstrate the possibilities that exist through research.LSH-all-banners-LO-RES-7

Nabeel’s Institute experience continued this year when he served as a challenge course facilitator for CMU’s 2018 session.

Le’Otis, Institute graduate from the Florida State University session, has a vision of a juvenile justice system that is rehabilitative in nature, giving youth an opportunity to turn their lives around.

To prepare to make an impact on a long-established punitive judicial system, Le’Otis is now pursuing his Juris Doctorate at Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern. Prior to enrolling on law school, he spent a year tutoring and mentoring at risk students with City Year. His work at City Year fostered the academic and personal growth of those he mentored, potentially lowering their risk of ever entering the juvenile justice system.

Le’Otis is also the co-founder of Sons of Sophistication Mentoring Program. Based in Tallahassee, FL, the program provides high school aged men of color with mentors from Florida State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and Tallahassee Community College.

Join us in wishing Nabeel and Le’Otis success in their work to create a more just, caring, and thriving world!

If you haven’t heard who our two other finalists are, you can read about Malik and Pooja here. Then visit this post to learn all about this year’s Palmer Award recipient, Briana Landis.