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!

 

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!

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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!

 

October: Reflecting in the Moment

Here at LeaderShape, we rely on the power of our community to make what we do possible. We believe that anything is possible with a compelling vision, integrity, a supportive community and the commitment to stay in action. We spent September looking toward the future, and we hope you did too (head over to our Instagram account and check out the “September” story).

Our vision is a just, caring, and thriving world where everyone leads with integrity and lives in possibility. Where we work in community with one another. Where everyone recognizes their own gifts and finds ways to use them for the greater good. Our intention is to create spaces for others to be included and contribute in this world and then by doing so, lead others to do the same – “to lead, live”.

This month we want to invite everyone, including our staff and organization, to reflect in the moment. Being mindful and present with yourself, and groups you identify with, is beneficial to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being.

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!

National Book Month

Books expose us to new ideas, connect us to the lived experience of others, and can even bring about self-discovery. October is National Book Month and to celebrate, the LeaderShape staff is sharing what they have been reading.

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Day 7

Leaders inevitably find themselves stuck in the mess; living and leading with integrity is no simple task, but it is possible. Because of this, we will focus our #Day7 in October around why mindfulness matters. Student leaders, especially, can become overwhelmed with everything that college life involves – attending class, preparing for papers and tests, attending club meetings and putting on campus events, not to mention maintaining relationships with friends, families, and partners. This alone can turn a normal nine to five day into a non-stop day with few breaks and little time for meals and sleep.

We believe that all of us, no matter our workload or commitments, is capable of practicing mindfulness. On Sunday, October 7th, follow the hashtag #MindfulnessMatters on Instagram and Twitter as we reflect on ways to practice mindfulness by yourself, with a group, and reasons why it’s beneficial for leaders.

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LeaderShapers in Action

Over the past few weeks, we have heard from LeaderShapers across the nation who  are staying in action. And soon we’ll be sharing even more advice and stories from the participants and facilitators from our programs!

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!

LeaderShapers In Action