Reading & Lifelong Learning

At LeaderShape we believe in the power (and responsibility) of being a lifelong learner. And reading is a particularly meaningful way to expand our knowledge by exposing us to perspectives, ideas, and experiences beyond our current understanding.

National Book Month has inspired us to reflect on what we have learned from our own experiences reading books – and we want to share those lessons with you! Is there anything below that you relate to? What have books taught you?

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Mary Kate Kaufman
Books have taught me to think creatively and have provided me a new perspective on the world. They have given me my own personal space where I can wind down and take time for myself. It has taught me so many life lessons and overall how to live a happy life.

Sarah Kelsick
I have read many books about something I don’t know about or I have a strong opinion about and have seen it from another side. Books have taught me to look deeper and be more understanding.

Abby Prince
What have books taught me? As a lifelong reader, I can’t recall a day that I didn’t make time to read, even if just for 5 minutes. Books have taught me the value of habits and making time each day for what’s important. Books have also taught me that even when you don’t seem to have anything in common with the characters from the outset, you are very likely to relate to them throughout the course of the book. I think of Francie from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; Liesel from The Book Thief; Mark Watney from The Martian; or Amar from A Place for Us. Their lives in Williamsburg, Nazi Germany, Mars, and California are nothing like mine. Yet I feel forever connected to them through their loves, plights, ideals, and dreams. And isn’t it like that in our real lives? When we can find what we have in common with the people we meet, it’s easier to understand them and perhaps even like them.

Sundas Shahid
Books have and continued to stretch my perspective and worldview. They allow me to simply be part of the stories, history, and in places that in realty would be impossible for me to be part of. Books not only deepen my knowledge around certain topics but also transport me to that world.

Vernon Wall
I rarely read for pleasure. I read to be a better educator. I love hearing about cutting edge research and theories that help us better understand the college student experience. I do like narratives though where I can hear of someone’s life experience.

Kristen Young
How to escape my current reality and come back refreshed and ready to face the day.
That everyone’s lived experiences are different and there is great value in truly listening to the story of another person.
That crying can bring healing.
That laughter is good for the soul.

Palmer Award

Attention 2018 Institute graduates!

We are excited to announce that the Palmer Award application is live and ready for you.

The Palmer Award is provided each year to LeaderShape graduates who have participated in a national or campus-based session of the Institute during the previous year (2018). The award is given to recognize the achievements of those individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to bringing their vision to reality after attending their session. LSH-all-banners-LO-RES-9

The Palmer Award began as an endowment gift donated to the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation in 1991 by Dr. Edmund T. Palmer, Jr. This year the fund will provide a $800.00 award to a 2018 graduate of the Institute who has made great strides toward their vision.

Individuals eligible to apply for this award must have attended and completed a session of the Institute in 2018 and can apply for the award here.

Applications are due by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, October 6, 2019. 
Questions can be directed to Kristen at kbh@leadershape.org.

The LeaderShape Mobile App

We can hardly believe that we have launched a LeaderShape mobile app for iOS and Android! Never before have we had such an opportunity to stay connected beyond our programs.AppPhonePhoto

We are particularly excited to come together through the app to continue building positive leadership habits and support one another as we each do our part to create the just, caring, and thriving world that we dream of. Here are just a few ways that you can be a part of it all.

Scroll the feed and find…

  • pictures of Institute participants and their visions,
  • introductions to the LeaderShape staff,
  • content on specific learning topics.

Engage with what LeaderShape is sharing by…

  • experimenting with the habits we encourage,
  • making time for the reflections we offer,
  • liking and commenting on our posts.

Create your own posts such as…

  • Grappling with a problem? Ask for input.
  • Have a great resource to share? Post it.
  • Is something in particular inspiring you lately? Pass it on.
  • Want to give a shout out to someone doing awesome? Spread the word on the app.

If you haven’t joined us yet, you can download the LeaderShape app for Android and for iOS today.