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.

#toleadread Book Club: The Hate U Give

The LeaderShape community has chosen a book for first-ever read-along! Join us in reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.HateUGive

You can find the book everywhere – really! It is a William C. Morris Award Winner, has been recognized with the Printz Book Honor, and is a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. It also made it to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Head to the library, listen to it through platforms like Audible, and if you buy it online, we’d love for you to connect to our AmazonSmile account (Amazon donate .5% of eligible purchases to us when you do so).

We have about a month to read the book and the LeaderShape staff will be sharing their progress on our social media accounts along the way. We hope you’ll share yours as well! Be sure to use #toleadread so we don’t miss them.

Finally, mark your calendar for 1:00pm CST on Wednesday, November 28. This is the day we’ll come together to discuss the book. We’ll have a few questions to get things rolling, and a small panel of LeaderShape staff and friends will be leading the way. We want to hear from you as well, so we’ll be using BigMarker, the same platform we use for our webinar series. There will be several ways for you to add your thoughts to the conversation through this platform. Be sure to save your spot by registering here.

We’re eager to read along with you and are looking forward to November 28!

November: Getting Behind the Movement (Part I)

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 October reflecting in the moment, and we hope you did too (check out the Mindfulness Matters activities to try and five key takeaways from the month). 

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 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!

#ToLeadRead Book Club

#ToLeadReadDuring National Book Month (October), we wanted to take a shot at a book club of sorts, taking #toleadread to another level. We shared four titles and through a heated bracket of tough competition, the final selection that was voted on is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. You can find the book at your local library or purchase it here on Amazon. Don’t forget to use Amazonsmile and donate to your favorite not-for-profit (*cough cough* LeaderShape *cough cough*).

We’ll have about a month to read the book, and some of us on staff will be sharing our progress as we go. And by “we”, we mean you and us together! You can do the same using #toleadread. Join along on Wednesday, November 28 at 1:00pm CST to explore the book with other LeaderShapers as some of the LeaderShape staff will be there to lead us through questions and discussion points.

Day 7

Join us for #Day7 to connect with those who are Getting Behind the Movement and using their abilities to make the world a better place. On Wednesday, November 7th, we will be taking a moment to offer our thanks to those who are doing great work! Some of those folks are people who have been a part of our Catalyst, the Institute, and Resilience programs, while some are outside of our community but doing work that aligns with our values and vision.

We hope you’ll join us in this expression of gratitude by showing support to people and groups who are connected to YOUR own personal movement. support to such groups is the first step in the direction of YOUR own personal movement.  So spread the word, get connected, and say thanks to all of those helping to make a difference this month for Day 7. Because in order to build an even more impactful community, we need to continue grow and spread the word about our mission.  

LeaderShape is built on the foundation of community and that wouldn’t be possible without such amazing supporters. Thank you for all that you do, and we hope to hear from you on 11.07.18.

7 Days of Gratitude

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Check in with us for 7 days of sharing your gratitude with those around you. We will be focusing on 7 different ways to say show people what they mean to you –  because a little gesture can go a long way! Don’t miss out on activities such as preparing a meal for you family or friends or writing a gratitude list.

 

 


This is one part of a two part blog because we have a cornucopia of events happening in November! Come back tomorrow for updates on an upcoming webinar, Giving Tuesday, and more LeaderShapers in action