What we are all working toward

Positive Change. It is what we are all working toward.

Every day we get up and try to make a difference hoping that we are able to use our talents, skills, and abilities to their best. We work for change that benefits us all – our communities, our country, our world. It is easy to lose sight of this goal. Easy to lose sight of our vision.

In the past few years, we’ve seen society’s prominent leaders disregard human decency, refuse to participate in constructive discussion, promote divisiveness, and engage in soundbite insults. This is why we need LeaderShape. The impact of LeaderShape has probably never been as important as it is now because people have lost trust in what it means to be a leader.

I want to highlight four important concepts that we teach.

LeaderShape teaches us how to hear each other without the fear of each other. LeaderShape instills confidence by showing people how to face and own their individual experiences. Then we discuss the commonalities of our experiences, clearing the path for cooperation, wisdom, and the courage to bring about change.

LeaderShape teaches us how to be okay with who we are and what we stand for. LeaderShape helps us understand ourselves and realize that each person around us struggles with the same thing.

LeaderShape teaches us to learn to listen. LeaderShape provides the community where understanding each other cuts down on the sting and vitriol of conflict. We are present with our disagreements and don’t retreat to our corners. We stay in the mess.

Finally, the LeaderShape experience gives us the tools to discover that we’re not so afraid. And that gives all of us the freedom to stand up and bring about the change we want to see. We gain the courage to bring about change and that’s what endures in the long run.

Now is not the time to lose hope in what we can accomplish. Now is the time to be in community. True community where we wrestle with life’s questions and together try to find answers that work for all of us, not just a few. Let’s forget for a minute about being leaders and focus on being better humans. When we get that straight, leadership will happen. Behaviors will change. Habits will form. Change will happen.

In the meantime, I want you to know that LeaderShape will stay true to our core values of integrity, equity, possibility, vision, community, and relationships. We will take no shortcuts in terms of the quality of experiences that we provide. We will partner with those individuals and institutions that want to be a part of bringing about that positive change because together there is strength. We can drown out the chaos of today and keep our eye on the horizon – on our vision of a more just, caring, equitable, and thriving world.

And we will remember that with your help we provide experiences that transform lives.

I invite you to commit or recommit to creating positive change in the world. LeaderShape sees that future and looks forward to adjusting our practices to meet whatever it takes to be a part of that future. We will fail more. We will join with others committed to learning. We will stay humble and work hard.

We are needed now more than ever.

LeaderShape accepts that challenge and hopes you do too.

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New Trustees Join our Board

LeaderShape is pleased to announce the addition of six new Trustees.

All six have been involved with LeaderShape to varying degrees throughout the years and they believe in and support our mission and vision of a just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible. Joining the LeaderShape Board of Trustees are:

  • Marilyn Bugenhagen – Faculty, Federal Executive Institute for the United States Office of Personnel Management;
  • Christine Craft – Senior Advisor to Hospitals for Health Systems & National Consultants;
  • Rob Edmunds – Senior Vice President for Dave & Buster’s;
  • Jennifer JJ Jones – Executive Director at Southern Methodist University;
  • Jeremiah Shinn – Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Boise State University;
  • Katherine Weeks – President of Allay, LLC.

We are excited to welcome them and look forward to what they bring to the organization.

Palmer Award Application Open

Attention 2017 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 (2017). 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.

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 an $800.00 award to a 2017 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 2017 and can apply for the award here.

Applications are due by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, September 2, 2018.
 Questions can be directed to Kristen at kbh@leadershape.org.